Back in college, few people wanted to be “that kid” – the kid that interrupted class to ask stupid questions that everyone already knew the answer to, only to try to get into an extended conversation with the professor while 200 other students rolled their eyes simultaneously. College has trained us out of asking questions, because asking questions drew the eyes and ire of hundreds of college students that were not paying $20,000 a year to hear from a student that should have been paying better attention.
Job interviews, however, are completely different. At a job interview it is the individual that does not ask questions that is least likely to get the job. Asking questions to your interviewer are one of the key tools for finding employment. The applicant that asks the best questions can often appear to be a better applicant than the one that is most qualified.
Why Ask Questions
It seems unusual that asking questions can affect your interview chances so dramatically. After all, wouldn’t the employer want to hire someone that is intelligent enough to figure out the answers for themselves?
Still, asking questions is one of the ways the interviewer is able to learn more about you as a person. Consider all of the aspects of your personality that are displayed when you ask a question:
- Confidence – It requires the confidence to speak up in order to ask a question during a job interview. Shy, awkward candidates are going to find it too difficult to say what is on their mind to the interviewer, and this will affect how the applicant is able to do their job in the workplace.
- Curiosity – A curious mind is extremely useful in the corporate environment. The more you are trying to learn, the more likely you will not be lost during your time with the company.
- Intelligence – The quality of your question can reflect the type of thinker you are. An excellent, interesting question will make you appear more intelligent than a boring, irrelevant question.
- Interest in the Company – Finally, employers want to know that you want to work for their company, not just any company. Asking questions to the employer shows that you are not simply taking the interview for granted as a way to find employment, but that you are truly interested to work for their business.
Even though you may possess all of the above qualities, you need an opportunity to display those qualities at your job interview. By asking great questions to your interviewer, you will succeed in showing the hiring manager you have all the characteristics of a great employee, as evidenced by your great questions.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Ask questions to during your job interview.