What Questions to Ask (or Not) in an Interview

By, 07/20/2012

Interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences.  An interview is designed to be an exchange of information, with an underlying tone of “can I join this firm?” and “will this candidate be right for us?”  It’s almost like dating: You’re both “trying each other on” to see if there’s a good fit. The typical interviewee will be asked many open-ended questions, and invariably, will be asked, “do you have any questions?”  The answer should be yes, and here’s why: It’s now your chance to be the interviewer.

There’s a great article on The Daily Muse  outlining the four steps when the interviewee turns into the interviewer:

  1. Clarify Your Uncertainties
  2. Remove Their Doubts
  3. Uncover Red Flags
  4. Get a View of the Future
  5. Build a Relationship
  6. Wrap it Up

A few things to avoid:

  1. Don’t ask about benefits (you don’t have the job yet…)
  2. Don’t ask where the best Happy Hour is location in relation to the firm address
  3. Don’t bombard them a huge list of questions – choose wisely.
  4. Know when to wrap it up.