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An interview should be a conversation between the interviewer and the interviewee. You are expected to participate in the conversation by asking questions as well. Instead of waiting until the end to ask all of their questions, try to weave them into the conversation. If you have a question about what the interviewer just said or that pertains to the topic, ask it!

First, do extensive research on the company, the position and the person that is interviewing you. Mentioning specific things you learned through research will show that you are serious about the job interview and are willing to go above and beyond.

Once you have done your research, prepare questions before you enter the interview. You should bring notes with you on the research you did as well as your questions. Also, if you think of a question during the interview that is not appropriate to ask at the time, jot it down so you don’t forget it.

Here are a few basic questions that are good to ask:

  • What is the culture like at your company?
  • What are the opportunities for growth?
  • What key skill is required for this position?
  • When do you hope to fill this job?
  • What are the company’s strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
  • Would I have a mentor? Who would I be reporting to?
  • What responsibilities would I have in this position?
  • Ask specific questions related to the company, the interviewer and the position you are interviewing for.
  • What kind of vacation time would I get?
  • What does this company do? (You should already know this)
  • How flexible are the hours?
  • Did I get the job?
  • Are you going to do a background check?
  • Anything that is on the company’s Web site.
  • Questions about benefits and salary unless the employer has brought it up.