The Top Three Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

This is one of the most important parts of a job searching: the interview. Of course, you want everything to run smoothly on that big day. The first thing you should do is to apply good antiperspirant. Next, make yourself as relaxed as possible. It might be difficult for one to relax especially those who are first-timers, then just concentrate on deep breathing. This will keep the oxygen flowing in your brain and prevent you from losing consciousness. If you still feel nervous, just keep breathing deeply.

Q1. What are the top three qualities you think the person in this position should possess?

Why: The benefit of this question is that it gives you a second chance to make sure that you have thoroughly convinced the interviewer that you possess these qualities.  If you are in a panel interview, it will also illuminate whether everyone is on the same page when it comes to expectations for the position.

  1. How would you describe the company’s culture?

Why: When you are interviewing for your first post-grad job, it can be tempting to take anything that is offered to you.  However, you should beware of companies that are toxic. If the interviewer gives you a canned spiel or spills about tons of company politics, then run.  Run far.

  1. What are the next steps in this process/What is your timeline?

Why: The last time I was in the interview process, the time frame varied wildly from company to company.  In one instance, I genuinely thought the company had passed because there was a month lag between interviews.  Now, your first job likely won’t have that kind of wait (that’s a special kind of torture for mid-level hires, but it’s nice to know how long you should wait before emotionally moving on.


Additional Tips:

  • Write down any questions that you have during your research. It is OK to reference your notes while asking questions!
  • Whatever you do, DON”T interrupt the interviewer when he is answering.  Give him the same courtesy that you were offered.
  • Be mindful of time.  Traditionally, it is best to ask about three or four questions and then finish up the interview.

The question section of the interview is a great way cement your rapport with your interviewer as well as showcase your knowledge about the company.

I hope it will help! Good luck!