Focus On Your Interviewer’s Opinion To Avoid Dumb Questions

Focus On Your Interviewer’s Opinion To Avoid Dumb Questions

At the end of a job interview, most potential employers ask if you have any questions. If this makes you nervous, ask the interviewer their opinion, rather then asking a direct question.

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Over at The Muse, they suggest a subtle change to your questions so you won’t seem ignorant:

Frame your question as if you’re asking for the opinion or experience of the interviewer.

For example, instead of asking “What’s the company culture here?” try “What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about office life?”

Instead of “How is the company hoping to grow in the next year?” try “What are you most excited about for the company in the next year?

I’d suggest only asking a few questions in this format — just the “burning” questions. Eventually your interviewer will catch on or just get annoyed.

The Best Way to Ask Your Burning Questions in an Interview [The Muse]


  • Having conducted many interviews where the candidate’s ‘burning question’ was “when will you let me know the outcome”, I can suggest that a candidate prepare a question that demonstrates interest in the company’s current activities or plans, that relate to the job. The general form might be something like “what would you see as the immediate challenges in the role…” then relate to something your research has identified in the industry, or the firm’s business environment. Of course, if this has been covered already in the interview, ask another of the two or three questions you have prepared. In my view the invitation to ask questions is another moment you have to shine, not to show how naff you can be.

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