Obviously, an interview is a chance for an employer to ask questions of a candidate that will determine if she is a good fit for the company and the position. However, candidates often forget that interview questions are a two-way street.
Smart candidates absolutely use the interview as the opportunity to better assess if they will be able to do their best work at a particular organization. They know that one spends more time at work than anywhere else, and they aren’t doing themselves or the employer any favors by taking a job in which they’ll be a square peg in a round hole.
Jot Down Ideas the Night Before
It is generally a good idea to prepare a list of 2-4 questions gleaned from your online research about the company after looking at its website and recent news. This shows that you’ve done your homework on the organization and understand its business proposition and industry. It also demonstrates that you are serious about the opportunity and savvy enough to take advantage of this additional opportunity to sell yourself. When you ask these questions, listen carefully. You’ll gain critical information not just from the direct answers, but also from what isn’t said.
For more advice on how to ask good interview questions, have a look at this post on the Fast Track blog.