What Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

by Kevin Donlin
Arizona State University

The questions you ask an interviewer can set you apart from other candidates for the same job.

Your questions give you a chance to show off any of the research you've done about the employer beforehand. And because so many employers are so uncomfortable (or just plain inept) at interviewing applicants, a good set of questions from you can take the burden off an interviewer who doesn't know what to say next.

During an interview, you can ask such questions as these:

Are there any parts of my Resume you'd like me to elaborate on?

May I tell you a bit more about (insert a strong part of your experience here)?

Could you explain how this job fits into the overall structure of your company?

What's the single most difficult problem facing your staff right now?

What results would you like to see the person in this job produce?

Have you considered (insert a suggestion you've come up with during your research of the company/industry)?

Following the interview, the most important thing you can do is send a thank-you letter to everyone you met.

Get their names, titles and mailing addresses from the receptionist as you leave. Doing so will put you ahead of 90% of other applicants, who don't take the time to do this.

Best: bring some blank cards and envelopes to the interview and write your letters in the lobby, while the interview is still fresh in your mind. Then drop them in the nearest mailbox -- they'll likely arrive first thing next morning and make a tremendous impression.