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What Are the Best Interview Questions?


What are the best interview questions for applicants to ask their interviewer? Alison Green of U.S. News and World Report tackled that thorny query and came up with a comprehensive list that will help applicants gauge company culture, the position's distinct challenges, how the incumbent will be managed and developed, and the firm's turnover rate.

Without further ado, the questions:

  1. What are the biggest challenges the person in this position will face?
  2. Can you describe a typical day or week in the position?
  3. What would a successful first year in the position look like?
  4. How will the success of the person in this position be measured?
  5. How long did the previous person in the role hold the position? What has turnover in the role generally been like?
  6. How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive, and what type don't do as well?
  7. How would you describe your management style?
  8. Thinking back to the person who you've seen do this job best, what made their performance so outstanding?
  9. Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the position that I could try to address?
  10. What is your timeline for getting back to candidates about the next steps?

These questions show that applicants have thought long-term about the position and their fit within the company. They also reveal a desire to excel and succeed in that particular role — something hiring managers will no doubt pick up on. And, perhaps most importantly, they aim to uncover how things work at the company, from management styles to turnover to company culture.

What are some of your favorite questions to ask at the end of a job interview? What do you think of the ones above?

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