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10 Questions Interviewers Actually Want You To Ask Them

10 Questions Interviewers Actually Want You To Ask Them

At the end of most interviews, there’s a chance for you (the potential employee) to ask them (the potential employers) questions. The kinds of questions you ask tell the interviewers a lot about you, and this is also a good opportunity to learn more about them and the company. Therefore, it’s important to make these questions count — ask the questions interviewers actually want you to ask. Try throwing in some of these 10 questions to make yourself a standout candidate:

1. What’s a regular day at the office?

If you’re looking to work somewhere, it’s good to know the typical goings-on. What time people come in and what time people leave, what days of the week usually have meetings, if Friday is casual or not. These are the kinds of things that you’ll want to know about. For your interviewers, this shows an interest in company culture, which makes a great impression.

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2. Why did you choose to work here?

Again, this is a great way to show interest, but this time it’s more personal. By directly asking the interviewer why she chose to work at that company, you’re forcing her to talk about herself, and people love talking about themselves. It’s human nature. By asking this question, you’re making a more personal connection with the interviewer, which means you might be a more memorable candidate.

3. How has this role changed?

This is a great question to ask because it might give you a glimpse of how much change the company typically goes though, as well as whether you’ll be in a position that allows you to grow within the company.

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4. How can I add value?

Potential employers love to hear you ask this because it shows that you’re thinking about what you can do for the company as a whole. It shows that you’re a team player and that you’re interested in doing your part to make the organization successful.

5. What is your business model?

Like many of these questions, this shows that you’re interested in the way the company operates. This indicates to your interviewers that you understand various business models and that you’re interested in hearing about the different aspects of that particular company’s model.

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6. What’s an example of something I’d learn?

Jobs aren’t all about walking in with all the tools you need to succeed — sometimes, it’s necessary to learn new skills while on the job. Ask your interviewers what you might be required to learn to do your job well. It gives you an idea of what to expect, and it gives them an indication that you’re willing to grow.

7. What have others done to succeed?

This is a big one because this question can only be answered using real scenarios. Therefore, the answer to this question can give you a really good idea of what you might be doing at this job and what others around you might be working on, as well.

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8. What are some of the more difficult aspects of this position?

You’re going to want to know what you’re getting into, so make sure you’re told what exactly is expected of the person filling this role. With the right enthusiasm, this question makes it seem like you’re excited to tackle any challenges that might arise, which the interviewers will appreciate.

9. Do you see any gaps in my qualifications?

This demonstrates that you’re comfortable talking about any potential weak points on your resume. It also might give you valuable insight into the kinds of things you should be doing if you want to land a job like this one.

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10. Who would I be directly working with?

This question lets you get a taste for your role within the company. Who you’re working with dictates much of your experience at a job, so make sure you like the answer before you sign up.

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

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