Smart—and Not So Smart—Job Interview Questions

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-10-15 Email

It's perfectly acceptable—and even recommended—to ask questions during a job interview. Good employers want prospective hires to know about the company culture, the position's demands and expectations, and other key details that help determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the position. Fortunately, most candidates do ask questions of hiring managers while interviewing for a job, according to a recent survey from Accountemps. However, there are smart questions and some really ill-advised ones—both of which were compiled from the survey results—along with some recommended best practices from Accountemps. We're including examples of both here. What's important is to leverage the job interview as an opportunity to learn about broad, strategically focused topics that are relevant to the position. Forget about the self-serving questions about vacations and raises. "When first meeting with potential employers," says Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps, "it's better to pose big-picture questions so you can discover how aligned your skills and personality are with the role and the organization. You can delve into the details in future meetings." More than 400 U.S. workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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