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10 Good Questions to Ask in the Interview

Updated: Dec 1, 2018


Anyone who has gone through a job interview expects the interviewer to have a series of questions for them to determine qualifications, work experience, and best match as just a few screening tools. It is also just as important are the questions that the candidate asks. Asking thoughtful, professional questions lets the interviewer know that you are really interested in the position and the organization.


Asking the right questions will also help you to know if the organization is the right fit for you as well.


Here are 10 good questions to ask in your job interview:


1. Why is this position open?


If the position is open because the last two people were terminated, that could be a red flag and could signal a deeper problem either within the organization or perhaps the structure or expectations of the job role.


2. How long has the position been vacant?


If the job position been vacant for a significant amount of time and the organization been getting along just fine, is the position really needed? Determine your risks if you accept the job offer.


3. How is work performance measured?


You want to make sure there are clear guidelines in place to measure the success or failure for the job you are applying for.


4. What is the most challenging part of this job?


When the interviewers respond, ask yourself: Is the answer something that you could change or deal with? Is it something that could be fixed with the right person? Are you the right person for the job?


5. What does success look in this role?


Again, this will help you to understand expectations and whether you believe you could meet with what is expected of the job position.


6. Is there a defined career path from this position? Are there promotional opportunities within this organization?


The answers to this question will let you know if this could be the right job and organization for you.


7. How long have you been in this company? Is everyone new?


If most employees have long tenure, that could be a good sign that people are content with the organization and there may not have been significant layoffs in the past.


8. How many deaf and hard of hearing employees do you currently have? Does the hearing employees within your organization use ASL?


This will tell you how committed the organization with hiring deaf and hard of hearing employees. In addition, this will tell you how communication-accessible the organization could potentially be.


9. Has the organization gone through any major service changes and how often?


This could let you know how innovative the organization is or if they are more traditional in their offerings. If the organization undergoes many major changes over the years, this could be a red flag.


10. Are there educational or professional opportunities offered?


This will tell you if the organization encourages developing and enhancing your skills. If they offer them on a regular basis, this may indicate that the organization is willing to invest in your professional growth.


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