Lotte van Rijswijk

Lotte van Rijswijk

Best questions to ask in a job interview

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Best questions to ask in a job interview

Artwork by: Alexandra Shevchenko

    When preparing for an interview, we often forget to think about what we need to know to make a decision if we are offered a job. We get nervous about answering the interviewer's questions correctly. While it is important to prepare answers to prepare for potential behavioral-based interviewing questions, it is just as important to prepare a list of questions you want to ask the potential employer.

    You want to get a good feel for what the job entails - don't assume that everything is included in the job description you pulled off the website.  You also want to understand how the role fits into the overall company structure and the areas with which you will be working.  Also you really want to get a good feel for the company culture.  Is this the type of place you can see yourself being happy and successful in? 

    Candidates that do their research and have questions specifically about the operations/products of the company are more impressive.  Hiring managers appreciate candidates who really try to understand the job, how they fit into the company, and where their career path may be. 

    Here’s a good question to ask: "Can you please describe the culture of the company?"  The interviewer should be able to do this and you can get a sense if it is a place that you even want to work.  You can also ask, "What do you like about working here?  Is there anything you dislike?" These answers can be very insightful.

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    So don't forget to prepare your questions -- it is ok to have them written out and for you to refer to them. There’s no need to try and come up with questions in the moment. Come prepared!

    Lotte van Rijswijk

    Lotte van Rijswijk

    An ambitious Content Team Lead working with Career.io since 2022, Lotte collaborates with all members of the team from writers to illustrators to ensure high-quality content across platforms. Always interested in finding new trends and topics to help improve offerings, she also oversees other team members and works to support them wherever possible.