An Inquiring Interview

By, 10/24/2012

If you’re looking for a job, you probably hear about the importance of interviews often—how to dress, when to arrive, etc.—but there’s not much unique advice out there about how to stand out from a crowd of equally accomplished candidates.

One way to differentiate yourself: Ask questions during your interview. Think of things the company does or job responsibilities you might be curious about. Asking questions also gives you an opportunity to feel out the company and employee satisfaction. Ask about your interviewer’s time at the company, if many employees have a similar background or about turnover rate in a specific role (which isn’t always a bad thing as this can include things like internal movement). Clues about company life can also help you figure out if you want to work there.

Of course, asking questions during an interview also shows your interest in the company and a possible career. So don’t be shy. An interview helps a company decide your eligibility, but it’s also about what you get out of it.