Questing for Questions

By, 02/22/2012


When you’re on a job interview, do you ever blank when asked if you have any questions? (I know I sure have!)

It’s actually fairly common. When preparing for an interview, job-seekers spend a lot of time preparing pithy answers to any and all potential questions, but they don’t always think to come armed with intelligent questions to ask their interviewers. If that sounds like you, check out this recent piece from US News & World Report: 5 Questions to Ask on Your Next Interview.

Of the five listed, the most helpful might be the first: “What happened to the last guy?” Others, like “What do you like about working here?” and “How do people typically work together here?” will give you some insight into the company’s culture, but the first one gives you the best sense of whether the company presents a good long-term opportunity for you. Did the previous job holder quit after a short time? Or did they get promoted? If it’s the latter, it’s likely the company likes to identify and develop talent, helping people build long-term careers. And if you ask me, that’s a much better sign than if the last person got burnt out after a while.