A question about interview questions!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I haven’t had an “official” interview for a job in 10 years, but I have interviewed lots of candidates. I would always have a couple basic questions ready to go at the end of an interview. Some of my favorites are: 1) what is your favorite thing about working here? 2) where do you see the company/the department/the position in 5 years/10 years? 

 

I think candidates need to be prepared for the opportunity to ask thoughtful questions in an interview – show me you at least did a little research into the company! But, I guess it could depend on the position and level. 

 

Post # 4
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I usually write down a handful of questions before I go to the interview about the company, position something. I also try to read on the company’s website before I go and read about any current events in the field. I sound like I’m good at interviewing but I’m so not!

Post # 5
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@turnanewleaf:  I was told to ALWAYS have questions. If there is still time and they keep prodding asking you if you have more questions, never say you don’t have more. Let them be the one to end the interview!

Post # 7
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was always taught that asking questions was very important in interviews. I make a list of questions beforehand. But sometimes the questions are answered during the interview process. Then I try to make up new questions on the spot. I would always try to ask at least one question, something related to the company or position. Interviews are nerve wrecking.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@turnanewleaf:  I ALWAYS ask questions. I thought it was the number one rule of interviews. Ask questions so they know you researched and are interested in the company!

Post # 11
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@turnanewleaf:  When I was preparing for an interview a few months ago, everything I read said to make sure you have questions to ask! Oh, and NEVER ask about benefits during the interview unless the interviewer brings it up. I’m shocked the person you interviewed asked about dental benefits! What are your feelings on that type of question (health benefits, vacation/sick time, etc.)? Were you just happy somebody asked a question or did you view that as an inappropriate question?

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow, that’s crazy that no one asks questions! I was taught to ALWAYS ask questions!

Usually I ask things like:

Can you describe a typical day in this position?

What kind of training do you offer?

How much work is teamwork and how much is individual?

How often do you do reviews?

I also usually do some type of research about the company (even if it’s just browsing their website) and ask any questions that might pop up – like most recently, I asked about the company’s other locations.

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@turnanewleaf:  Well, interviewing isn’t taught. It was because I feel I bombed a lot of interviews and then found a great mentor in my field. Had I not, how would I have known? 

Post # 15
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774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@turnanewleaf:  My dad runs a pretty large company and occasionally will work on hiring management level people and up. He told me that he absolutely HATES it when people do not come with prepared questions to ask because he feels that it shows a general lack of interest, research, and thought. I’ve been on the job hunt myself as of late. I’ve had two great interviews (should know about them next week!) where the interviewer explicitly told me that they really appreciated my well thought out questions. I type them up and print them out so I can have them in front of me and take notes if necessary. 

 

Post # 16
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I conduct a lot of interviews, and I typically get zero or one question at the end. Honestly, it’s my job as the interviewer to make sure I cover everything as completely as I can, so I’m surprised when I get a good question, it means I missed something 🙂

So far my favorite answer was- “No, you covered everything fairly completely.  Instead of a question, I would just like to add that I do believe I am the right person for this position, I have the training and education needed, and I will work hard to get up to speed quickly.  I was a little nervous as this is a big opportunity for me, and I hope that despite my hesitation and flustered moments, I made a great impression.”  

She did, I love when people admit to being flustered, I know I still get flustered myself as the interviewer at times!

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