The Top Job Interview Questions to Ask: About Yourself and the Candidate

When you finally hear "Do you have any questions?", it gives you a chance to show your interest and intellect.

Show interest in what the company is looking for and how you can help the company solve its problems. At the start of the conversation, you already discussed a candidate — yourself. Follow-up questions will give you an idea of what a good candidate is according to the interviewer's perspective.

After all, smart managers always hire attitude over skill.

Check out a list of questions you could ask the interviewer:

  • Which skills, characteristics, and experiences would make an ideal candidate with lots of potential?

    Listen for keywords that you have highlighted in your targeted resume and that appeared in the job description.

  • If you were to rank all the people who have done this job in the past, tell me about No. 1 and why he/she was regarded as the best?

    This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put the cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for.

  • Do you have any hesitations/concerns about my qualifications?

    This is also a great question because it's courageous. You are asking, "What do you think about me?" in a polite way. Also, you show that you have confidence in your skills and abilities. The recruiter will share his/her concerns, and you will explain why he/she should not be concerned.

    TIP: The biggest concern is usually a lack of knowledge. Assure the recruiter that you can adapt to new situations and that you learn quickly.

  • Will the company provide any training? How are employee performances evaluated?

    This is a positioning question, showing that you are interested in expanding your knowledge, actually reaching your goals, and growing with your employer.

  • What interests you about me as a candidate?

    This is a great way to garner positive attention. You can ask about your stronger skills that the job description mentions explicitly. The recruiter will reply with what he/she believes is one of your strengths that is important for the company or the position.

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