8 Killer Interview Questions – Candidates to Ask the Interviewer

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If you are facing a job interview, you may not think about asking questions yourself when in fact, you can and should. There are many great reasons you should ask questions in a job interview. For one, you want to make sure you are really the right person for the job. You also want to be sure the position you are interviewing for is what you understand it to be.

The job interview process is not just about you trying out for a position but it’s about a mutual understanding of a possible work agreement. This is why these eight killer interview questions can help you determine if this is the job for you and also show the potential employer that you’re right for the job.

On your next job interview, ask these questions:

1. Why is this position open? Are there any key changes since the last person held the role? – This will give you information about the position, the company and anything that might have taken place upon the absence of the previous employee. It gives you a feel for what role you would be possibly stepping into.

2. Why did the last person move on? (wait for answer) Is this a trend over the recent few years? – This puts the ball in your court, shows you are confident and gives you important information about the position you are considering stepping into.

3. If I were the person to take this role, how would you like me to perform in the role as compared to the previous person?

4. What are the main objectives of this role?

5. Of those objectives, what is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?

6. How would you describe your management style? (If you are feeling really confident ask: How would your colleagues describe your style of management?)

7. Of the people that you’ve seen join the company at my level, can you name a few reasons why they failed?

8. Do you think the culture here is similar to X (name rival company)? What are the strengths of this culture?

When you ask these questions, it shows the interviewer that you are alert to the challenges of the role and confident. It also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the position you are interviewing for and whether or not it is the right position for you and your needs. You take the focus and pressure off of you completely and put some of it back on the interviewer and the company to prove to you why you should take their job.

Of course, you can phase these interview questions in language that sits comfortably with you, don’t fire them out one after the other, try to pace your questions throughout the interview process at opportune moments.

Best of luck with your next interview!


Ian Kaye is an experienced Business Consultant and Entrepreneur. He has worked in very large corporations and run his own small companies. In his early career as an Accountant he worked in Germany for two years and post MBA he has worked as a Consultant and established his own businesses. He recently created an online job board technology which has been used to create sites including http://www.network-surrey.co.uk and Ian recently started a recruiting blog at http://recruiting-locally.com

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One comment

  1. KIngsley Tagbo

    I agree with your post. I think that job seekers attending an interview should ask at least one question, so that they appear interested in the position and/or the company.

    Without those thoughtful questions, it seems that one is only interested in getting a job but not in the company.