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10 Impressive Questions To Ask During An Interview

Nail Your Interview With These Hard-Hitting Questions

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There comes a time in every interview when you're asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. Instead of dreading this part, take advantage of the opportunity. You can make an impression by asking several of the following insightful questions. Asking these smart questions can set you apart from the crowd and give you a competitive edge over other applicants.


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1. Does This Company Have a Policy of Hiring From Within?

Essentially, what you're asking here is if the company is committed to advancing current employees or whether they hire upper-management roles from outside the organization.


Asking this question lets your interviewer know that you're interested in a long-term career. You're ambitious, and you'd like to know whether you would be considered over other candidates that don't work at the company. You'll stand apart because most of the other applicants probably won't be thinking that far ahead. This inquiry also lets your business know-how shine though: it indicates that you're aware of how company policies impact careers.


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2. Who Would I Be Reporting To Directly?

With this question, you're looking for both a name and a title, if possible. The name is good to know so that you can look them up later on either LinkedIn or the company website. If you do get the job, you'll have a little bit of inside information about your direct supervisor. This may help you figure out what they're like to work for, as well as their past work experience. The title is also good to know because it tells you where you'll fall in the organizational hierarchy. Will you be within the realms of middle management? How many "rungs" will you have to climb to get into upper management?


This question shows that you're trying to get a clearer picture of the way management is organized. It also indicates that you're interested to learn who you'll be working for. On a subliminal level, it forces the interviewer to picture you in the actual position. This can be a powerful way to get the interviewer to see you as already having the job.


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3. How Would You Describe the Company Culture?

Company culture is extremely important as far as your own future happiness is concerned. The culture encompasses how employees relate to one another, how bosses interact with employees, and how the employees interact with clients. With this question, you're looking to find out what the day-to-day experience would be like. When the interview answers, listen for certain keywords that will let you read between the lines, like tense, demanding, exciting, challenging, and high velocity. These would indicate a high-stress job, which is great for some people but not everyone. Other keywords might be relaxed, laid back, cool, quiet, mellow, or fun. If you're looking for a formal position, adjectives like this might mean the job's not a great fit.


The question shows that atmosphere and work environment are important to you, that you're aware of the importance of company culture, and that you're a discriminating job hunter; you're not necessarily willing to take a job just because it's offered.


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4. What's the Turnover Rate at this Company?

It's easy to get a job at certain companies. That's because they're always hiring, and they're always hiring because people keep quitting. You don't want to work at a place like that. Even though it will mean getting a paycheck, you'll soon be back in the same place you are now, looking for a new job. This is an important thing to ask about for your own well-being, as well as showing you want to work for an extended time at this company.


Quizzing your interviewer might be the only way to get this information since you usually can't find it through your own research. Only someone in human resources—like your interviewer—would know the answer to this insightful inquiry. By asking it, you're expressing a concern about whether or not employees are happy working here. Happy employees tend to stay longer, which means a lower turnover rate. Your interviewer will be astonished at the level of detail you by which you evaluate a company.


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5. How Many People Would Be Reporting to Me?

If you're applying for a managerial role, ask this question. The answer will help you to determine if this is a lateral move or a move up the ladder from your last position. If you can expand the question, you could ask what those people's job titles are. This will further your insights into how prestigious the job you're applying for is.


How will this help you stand apart from your job competition? Well, you're already asserting your power as a manager, not just a regular candidate interviewing for a job. You're essentially asking to find out who you'll be supervising. When the interviewer answers, you can reply with a serious nod of your head as if to say, "Yes, that meets with my requirements." Confidence here is key!


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6. On What Metrics Will You Judge My Job Performance?

In order for you to be successful at any job, you need to know which responsibilities your employers value most. Your role will likely entail a whole laundry list of duties. But some of those are more important than others. Even if you're just applying to be an office manager, tasks like keeping office supplies inventory is less important than making sure those supplies aren't stolen, for example. The answer to this question will help you understand how your job performance will be judged, should you get the position.


This question a) demonstrates your eagerness to do well in the job, b) shows that you're aware of the importance of upholding your responsibilities to the company, and c) says to the interviewer that you're already imagining yourself at this organization.


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7. Can You Tell Me a Little Bit About Your Decision-making Process?

This is a truly bold question to ask. It really switches the roles between interviewer and interviewee. The answer will tell you exactly how the interviewer goes about filtering through candidate resumes. It also will give you a pretty good idea of how you stack up to your competition.


This hard-hitting question is sure to grab your interviewer's attention. First, it puts them in a position to answer to your scrutiny, and it forces them to really consider how fair and accurate their own vetting system is. Second, it also reinforces the idea that just because you're being interviewed, you don't consider yourself "lower on the totem pole" to your interviewer. Basically, this question marks you as a leader, not a follower.


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8. When Do You Anticipate Making a Decision?

It's awful to leave an interview not knowing how long you'll have to wait to hear back whether you've got the job or not. You deserve at least a general time frame so that you can cross this job off your list, if need be. Many interviewees feel shy about "daring" to ask, but it's absolutely fine to press this query.


Many people simply don't ask this question. Asking it alone already makes you stand out. Better yet, it lets the interviewer know that you're keenly aware of time constraints. It even intimates that you might have other offers on the table, which makes you a more attractive candidate. This question will also almost force the interviewer to promise to let you know either way, which is definitely something that you want.


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9. How Many Other People Are You Interviewing for This Job?

It's helpful to know how much competition you have. Applying for a specialty position? You can also use the information from your answer to figure out how much competition you might have in other job interviews.


This query means you are kind of requesting access to "behind the curtain." You're not willing to be kept in the dark, and you're asserting your rights to full transparency from your interviewer.


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10. Do You Have Any Further Questions for Me?

This is a great question to ask because it can help clarify any confusion your interviewer might have about your application. Whether it's a slight gap in your previous work experience or something that you perhaps misphrased due to interview nervousness, this question gives you a chance to reaffirm your qualifications as a candidate.


There are several ways you could phrase the essence of this query: Is there anything you would like me to clarify? Is there something about my application you would like for me to talk about more? How you phrase it is up to you. Just make sure you keep your end goal in mind: you want to fill in any gaps on your record or clarify any potential misunderstandings.


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Disclaimers: Views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and may not represent the best choice for your unique situation.