5 Questions You Should Be Asking In Your Job Interviews

Asking questions in a job interview signals many positive things to a potential employer: that you're intelligent, that you really are interested in this job, that you are motivated, and that you think critically. And, asking questions gives you information that helps you deliver better answers yourself. It's also a good idea to ask questions for the simple reason that you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Plenty of people have made mistakes in taking a job that turned out to be a bad decision. Always be ready with questions to ask. Related: How To Answer The Interview Question 'Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?'


What questions should you be asking in your job interviews?

“Why is this job available?"

You want to know what happened to the previous occupant. Were they promoted? Were they fired? Finding out what happened to them and why can tell you a lot about how you might fare in the role.

“What qualities would an ideal person for this job have?"

It's not scary to ask about their wish list for a perfect candidate. They already have this list in their minds, and it isn't always in the job description. When you know what's on that list, too, you can begin to point out the qualities that you have that line up with their list. In the end, you will deliver better, more targeted interview answers than you could without knowing the answer to this question.

“What are the biggest challenges of the job?"

This answer will tell you what's most important to this hiring manager (your future boss) and give you big clues about what you need to mention in subsequent answers about the job. It may also tell you what issues you're letting yourself in for if you take the job.

“What do you like or dislike about working for this company?"

You can read for hours about a company online, but there's nothing like speaking to someone who actually works there. They may tell you something you didn't know that makes the job either more attractive or less, and their answer may also tell you if you're going to be a good cultural fit for this company.

“Based on our conversation, are you confident that I'm someone who can meet the challenges of this job?"

With this question, you are asking if you've done what you needed to do in the interview: convince them you are a great fit for the job. If they say “Yes," you can go home and rest easy, because you know that they are telling everyone they want to hire you. If they say “No," then you know you have a little more work to do before you go. (If you leave them with doubts, you almost certainly won't get the job.) Find out what their objection is, and maybe you can overcome it and save your job offer. *Remember: While it's always a good idea to ask questions in an interview, be sure to never, ever ask about salary, health insurance, vacations, flextime, or any other benefit—it only makes them feel negatively about you and your motivations for wanting the job. It also takes away from your time to sell yourself for the job so that they do make you an offer. After you get the offer is when you begin negotiating compensation. *Download a Free Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Prep!This post was originally published at an earlier date.Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a Work It Daily-approved expert.
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Professional quotes motivate and inspire you to become the best professional you can be in your career. They remind you that you can achieve what you want to achieve. What does success look like to you? If you ever need some inspiration, read these quotes...

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  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius


2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

Inspirational Work Quotes


4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

Inspirational Work Quotes


5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

Inspirational Career Quotes Michael Jordan


6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

Inspirational Quotes About Failure


7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes


8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

Inspirational Thomas Edison Quotes


9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

Inspirational Career Quotes


10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

Inspirational Career Quotes Jon Stewart


11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

Inspirational Quotes George Lucas


12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

Inspirational Walt Disney Quotes


13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

Inspirational Career Quotes


14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

Inspirational Career Quotes


15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

Inspirational Career Quotes


16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

Inspirational Quotes About Life


17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

Inspirational Quotes About Success


18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

Inspirational Albert Einstein Quotes


19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Career Quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson


20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

Inspirational Career Quotes About Success


21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius

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