The Perfect Five: Questions you ask the Interviewer

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Hillary Scaletta

Senior at the University of Redlands in Southern California, studying Creative Writing and Art. Originally from Illinois.

"I love staying active and playing outside, hiking and camping are two of my main hobbies and of course I love to write!" - Hillary Scaletta
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After you’ve completed an interview the interviewer will ask if you have any questions for them; the answer is always yes. You should prepare at least five questions about the company because it shows your interest and that you actually care. First, if you were confused at any point during the interview or need clarification about a topic or want to know more about something discussed, start with that. This shows that you paid close attention during the interview. The next set of questions are highly encouraged to ask:

1. Can you tell me about the culture of this company and how the culture reflects how decisions are made?

You want to make sure, you’re a good fit when it comes to the culture of a company. Understanding the values and how decisions are made can tell a lot about how the company is ran.

2. What are the deciding qualities between an average worker versus an exceptional worker?

In other words: how does the company differentiate between an okay worker to a high performance worker? If hired you want to be able to demonstrate that you are in fact a high performance worker.

3. A question you’ve created based on research you’ve done before the interview.

YES, you need to research a company before you interview! This will help you to build confidence and understanding before the interview.

4. After the interview what is the next step in the hiring process? What does the timeframe look like? 

A timeframe can help you to determine how often you should keep contact the company.

5. How was the interview? What do you think?

Do not be afraid to ask this question! You want the interviewer to know who you are in the work world. Be able to correct them if they assumed something wrong about you. Through an application and a short interview there is only so much information a person can gather from those interactions. Be confident, remember you want the job!

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Hillary Scaletta

Senior at the University of Redlands in Southern California, studying Creative Writing and Art. Originally from Illinois. "I love staying active and playing outside, hiking and camping are two of my main hobbies and of course I love to write!" - Hillary Scaletta

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