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"The way to show interest is by asking follow-up questions, really taking interest in what they're doing and showing that you've done some research."

(Austin Cooke, Recruiter)

Many job seekers prepare for their job interview by practicing what answers they will give during their interview. However, in a successful job interview, it is just as important to know what questions to ask the interviewer. Questioning goes two-ways!

301 best questions to ask on your interview
John Kador.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
Hundreds of insightful, engaging, and critical questions to help you nail any interview!Knowing which questions to ask in an interview can paralyze even the most seasoned job applicants – but not those who have301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interviewat their side. This second edition of the interviewee's bible delivers powerful tools that jobseekers need in order to shine in the most crucial part of the interview process.Written with the participation of recruiters, job coaches, hiring managers, andFortune500 HR specialists, this book is packed with sure-fire conversation-starters about the goals, values, processes, and culture of the hiring organization. Other features, including examples of smart interview questions—and the questionsNEVERto ask—make301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interviewthe best available resource for get-noticed, get-hired tips, techniques, and guidance that put you in the driver’s seat at your next interview.
     
201 knockout answers to tough interview questions : the ultimate guide to handling the new comptency-based interview style
Linda Matias.
New York : American Management Association, c2010.
Increasingly, employers today are using a tough new kind of interview to evaluate candidates and determine how well they think on their feet. To be successful in these new competency-based interviews, job seekers must be prepared with situation-specific examples that highlight the accomplishments, knowledge, and abilities they have that employers need. Featuring a plethora of sample questions—and winning answers—this book is organized by the five core competencies most interviewers are looking for: • Individual responsibility (decisiveness, independence, flexibility, career goals) • Managerial skills (leadership, delegation, strategic planning) • Motivational factors (ambition, initiative) • Analytical skills (problem solving, attention to detail) • People skills (teamwork, communication, customer service) This indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises readers can use to prepare themselves to demonstrate sought-after competencies and wow potential employers. It’s a powerful book no job seeker should be without.
     
Successful interview skills : how to prepare, answer tough questions, and get your ideal job
Rebecca Corfield.
London ; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2009.
Everyone at some point in their life will have to attendan interview. Whether they are applying for a job, apromotion, a training programme or even a college course,the fact remains that a questioning process will occurand the need to create a good impression is essential.Now in its fifth edition, this extremely useful guideshows you how to portray professionalism and confidenceand take control of the interview process. Breaking theprocess down into accessible steps, Rebecca Corfieldidentifies the ways in which you can prepare for aninterview, providing example questions and advice on howto answer them. There are also tips on what employers arelooking for, how to make a presentation during aninterview and vital information on how you should presentyourself so that you make a good and lasting impression.
     
101 toughest interview questions : --and answers that win the job!
Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes.
New York : Ten Speed Press, c2009.
Nothing is more crucial to landing your dream job than a stellar performance in the all-important interview, that nerve-wracking final step to every job search. Extensively updated and revised for today's highly competitive employment market, this compact, concise handbook will prepare you for the most challenging and frequently asked questions you can expect to encounter. Following each question is a list of savvy, can't-miss sample answers, which can be easily modified to reflect your own experience level, skills, and qualifications.
     
The most important questions to ask on your next job interview : insider secrets you need to know
by Kendall Blair.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2007.
  1. Includes index.
  2. Interview questions -- Work environment -- Assignments & tasks -- Chain of command -- If the position is not right for you -- This company is a match! -- Advancement -- Why me? -- Problems -- What have I left out? -- Guidance -- Communication -- The wrap up -- Case studies.
  3. Includes bibliographical references and index.
     
101 great answers to the toughest interview questions
Ron Fry.
Clifton Park, NY : Thomson Delmar Learning, c2007.
Tough interview questions are inevitable in today's competitive job market. Ron Fry's 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions has helped more than 500,000 job seekers pinpoint what employers are really asking with every question, and more importantly, what they want to hear in response. Now in its 5th edition, this no-nonsense guide will prepare you to leverage the trickiest questions to your advantage. Book jacket.
     
Nail the job interview! : 101 dynamite answers to interview questions
Caryl and Ron Krannich.
Manassas Park, Va. : Impact Publications, c2006.
Interviews don't just count-they count the most. Regardless of how well you write resumes and letters, conduct research, and network for job leads, you simply must do well in the face-to-face job interview if you are to get the job offer. But conducting an effective interview is easier said than done. Your initial surge of joy in getting the interview may quickly turn into a case of sweaty palms, dry mouth, churning stomach, and wobbly knees.
     
The manager's book of questions : 1,001 great interview questions for hiring the best person
John Kador.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2006.
Rev. ed. of: The manager's book of questions : 751 great interview questions for hiring the best person. 1997
     

Questions that will help you better evaluate the job, more clearly communicate your qualifications to employers, and ensure a two-way communication process. The dialogue you provide with a potential employer helps them decide if you "fit" into their organization.

An interview is a business meeting. Both you and the interviewer are meeting to determine if you are the best "fit" for a job that the employer wants to fill. Definitely, it is a good idea to think before you speak.

Five important rules that should be used, before asking the interviewer a question are:

  1. Care about the topic. If you do not care about a topic, then do not ask a question about it. If you do care about the topic, then move on to Rule #2.
  2. Read about, thought about. Make sure you have researched the topic before you ask about it. This reflects your professional competence. Also, it is a good idea to refer to your research when presenting the question.
  3. Answer is not found in obvious place. Double-check the obvious sources to make sure that the question you are asking has not been already answered in a source you should have read (i.e. company's website, annual report, recruiting literature, job description, or cover story of a recent journal).
  4. Barrier-free questions . Make sure that the question you are asking does not rise barriers to getting the job offer. For example, if you ask "Is relocation a necessary part of the job?"
  5. Appropriate person. Consider your question in light of the other person's role in the company.

Avoid asking questions about

Salary
Benefits
Vacations

until you have asked several questions that demonstrate your interest in the company and ability to do the job.

Depending on how your interview goes, you may only have time to ask one final question. In this case, try to make it the best question possible. Consider these:

  • What are the measurements for success within your organization?
  • I read in the newspaper about your organization's expansion.  Could you give me more details?
  • What do you (the interviewer) like most about working for this organization?

Try to formulate at least two open-ended, penetrating questions to ask your interviewer. They will hopefully give you an edge over others being interviewed for the position.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff