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ASK THE RECRUITER! We’re here to help you with all of your questions related to finding and keeping your dream job! Join us every week for the latest tips, tricks and hints for everything job related! Have a question, please direct it to and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Question: Everyone keeps telling me to prepare questions for an interview, but I don’t know what is appropriate to ask and what topics I need to stay away from. Can you shed some light on this?

Asking questions at the end of an interview is a great way to determine if the job is a fit for both you and the company. If the interviewer does not ask you if you have any questions, you need to ask them if you could ask a few questions! When you ask well thought out questions, it impresses the interviewer and helps you ace out your competition for the job.

These are our top 5 questions we get from candidates:

  1. Would you tell me the most important traits you are looking for in the person you hire for this position?
  2. What do you see as the greatest challenge the person will face who you hire for this position? 3
  3. What has been missing from the individuals you’ve interviewed for this position?
  4. Can you inform me where you are in the hiring process?
  5. I want you to know I’m extremely interested in your position and feel confident I could do the job. What is more important however, is what you think. Do you feel I have the experience and skills you’re looking for in the person you hire for this position?

Questions to stay away from:

  1. Don’t ask questions that could be answered by reviewing their website.
  2. Avoid self serving questions about hours, benefits, time off etc.
  3. Use your questions to learn more about the priorities of this hiring authority and to show them how you HAVE what they NEED!

We hope these tips help and you are prepared for your next interview. Stay tuned next week for another session with the Recruiter!