What Questions Should You Ask in an Interview

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Today’s question comes from Rumi in Detroit, MI.  He asks, “I will be interviewing for a summer internship next week.  What questions should I ask my potential employer during the interview?”

What to Ask in an Interview

Common advice we all hear over and over about interviews seems to be to ask questions! It is also one of the best ways to impress an interviewer and show your interest in the position and company you are interviewing with. But, you can’t just ask any old question for the sake of asking a question and risk showing no enthusiasm or interest.

With that said, when asked if you have any questions, "no" is one of the worst answers you can give. It can show a lack of interest in the position and/or company.

So how do you know which questions will impress and which will depress? First, make mental notes during the interview of things that spark your interest and think of something to ask that can also shows you were attentive during the entire interview (of course you were, right?).

Here are a few ideas of the types of questions TO ask.

1. "If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?"

2. "What does a day in the life look like for the person who takes this position?"

3. "What is the average size of a team?"

4. "Can you describe the office culture and environment?"

5. "Why do you like working here?"

6. "What are some of (or, you might say tell me more about) the skills and abilities you are looking for in someone for this position?"

7. "What computer programs would I use daily?"

8. "How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?"

9. "What is the next step? When do you think you will be making a decision?"

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