22 Questions to Ask, Answer & Avoid in Every Interview

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An interview is a short period of time jam packed with information that will inevitably decide whether you’re offered a job or not. While employers are busy trying to gather details about your skills and personality, you should come prepared to do the same. To show that you’re an ideal candidate and to learn if the company is a good fit for you be prepared to ask, answer and avoid these questions in an interview:

Questions to Ask:

Instead of just preparing to answer questions, you should come ready to ask some yourself. Be careful not to overtake the interview, but do ask questions about topics that are unclear or forgotten. An employer/employee relationship should be give and take. While you want to show you’re a good fit for the position, you need to ask questions to know if you truly are. A dull candidate is easily forgotten an interactive one will be remembered, and know what’s expected of them if they get the call.

  • What are the day to day duties of the job?
  • Are there weeks or months that will be busier than others?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges in the role?
  • What are your expectations for the person you’re hiring?
  • What kind of training opportunities are available?
  • Does the company promote from within?
  • How would you describe the company’s culture?
  • What is your experience or background with the company?

Questions to Answer:

Even if, they aren’t asked, you need to answer questions that make it clear you’re the perfect candidate for the position. When you apply for jobs online, it’s easy to look good on paper. Show employers you have even better communication skills in person. Naturally work the answers to these questions into your conversation with the hiring managers throughout your interview. If necessary, find an appropriate time at the end of the interview to reiterate what you’ve said or demonstrate what you have to offer, even if they didn’t ask.

  • What makes you a good fit for this company?
  • What kind of background and skills can you offer us?
  • Are you consistent, reliable and a team player?
  • What are your biggest strengths?
  • Why should we pick you above any other candidate?

Questions to Avoid Asking or Answering:

Nothing screams like a siren or waves like a red flag than an interviewee asking how much he’ll get paid or when she can take time off. Employers aren’t interested in candidates who are only worried about themselves. Wait for the employer to bring up salary or hours.

  • What does your company do?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • How many sick days do I get off?
  • How quickly can I be promoted?
  • Is it easy to get away with stuff around here?
  • Can I borrow your phone to call my ride?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • Are you married?
  • Is English your first language?

Likewise, if a hiring manager asks pointed questions about your retirement plan, legal status, religious practices or personal life, you don’t always have to answer. In some cases, it’s just a misdirected way of trying to create small talk or even satisfy curiosity, but many times it could be an illegal way of discriminating you because of your age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Avoid asking or answering these questions in an interview, and possibly reconsider if the company is still somewhere you’re interested in working.

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