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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD
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Join Isaiah as he examines the types of questions you should ask during interviews to establish if the position is a good fit and show your potential as an industry candidate

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah explains why it’s so important to not only ask questions during interviews but to plan your questions ahead of time
  • Next, Isaiah reveals the types of questions you should include and avoid during job interviews
  • Finally, Isaiah presents the 8 topics that you should cover when asking interview questions

From This Week’s Show… 

Why You Should Always Ask Quality Questions During Job Interviews

The quality of your candidacy for a position in industry is most clearly reflected in the quality of the questions you ask those interviewing you.

You must seize the opportunity in every interview to turn the tables on the interviewer. You must become the interviewer yourself by asking questions that engage the other person and showcase your professionalism, business acumen, and overall understanding of the role, the company, and industry itself.

Asking questions shows you’ve thought about and are committed to the position at hand. Asking questions also allows you to find out whether the position and company are truly a good fit for you.

The Types Of Questions You Should And Shouldn’t Ask During Job Interviews

The key is to ask questions that the interviewer can answer—and wants to answer.

Don’t ask heavy-handed, rationale-based questions (e.g., “why” questions, such as “Why is the company doing this?”), technical questions, behavioral questions, or any question that may require the interviewer to reveal something proprietary.

Instead, ask simple, straightforward “how” questions, “what” questions, and questions about the company’s culture. The company’s responses to these questions will paint a picture of what working for the company would look like for you to make it easier to decide if you would thrive there.

Focus Your Questions On These 8 Topics

When it’s your turn to ask the employer questions during an interview, there are eight topics your questions should focus on.

  1. Hierarchy – Who will I be reporting to?
  2. Mergers and Acquisitions – What collaborations are underway?
  3. Restructuring – How is the company being restructured?
  4. Career Trajectory – Where have others in this position gone?
  5. Emerging Markets – Where is the client base expanding?
  6. Sales and Marketing – Which products are creating growth?
  7. New Product/Projects – What new products are coming out?
  8. Corporate Strategy – What are the company’s five-year goals?

You should always end each interview by asking a question that prompts the interviewer to discuss any objections they might have to hiring you, such as, “Are there any reasons why you wouldn’t hire me?”

By planning your questions in advance and asking them during your interview, you will further establish your credibility as the best candidate for the job.

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