5 Questions to Ask in an Interview

Interviews are nervous-making and can be stressful. Are you wearing the right outfit? Are you being friendly and professional? Is the person interviewing you not warm? You probably need the job you’re interviewing for, which adds a layer of financial stress. But while they’re interviewing you to see if you’re a good fit for the company, you are also interviewing them to see if they’re a good fit for you. Here are five important questions to ask at the end of the interview.

1. What qualities do you look for in an employee?

This is a fantastic way to have the employer state exactly what they’re looking for. They may also mention something about the position they didn’t cover beforehand.

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2. What have you enjoyed most about working here?

This allows you and the interviewer to connect on a more personal level while also providing insight on how satisfied people are with their jobs. If the interviewer finds it difficult to come up with an answer, it’s a warning sign.

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3. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

I love this question as it’s straight-forward and brings any issues to the forefront of the conversation. It’s important to remain open to what may be an issue as it can be constructive criticism, rather than becoming defensive.

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4. Can you tell me about who I’ll be working with?

A question like this assumes you’ll receive the job, which subconsciously helps the interviewer see you in the position. Plus, it’ll tell you who you’ll be working with on a day-to-day basis.

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5. Why is this position open?

Possibly one of the most important questions, this will provide insight on whether the person before you moved up in the company, was fired, or quit. This information is important for how you see your future in this position.

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5 Foolproof Interview Outfits

Today’s work environment tends to be casual dress, but you never want to go for an interview dressed as such. First impressions really do make a difference, so put your best foot forward and treat your interview like it’s with the CEO of McCann Advertising. Remember to look at your local thrift store, goodwill, or Marshall’s as brands tend to be high but the prices low.

1. The Go-To

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You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of black pants, white shirt, cute blazer, and pointed toe heels. If you opt for trouser pants instead of ankle pants, make sure the leg almost hits the floor and has a break where the ankle is. It’s important you look polished and professional, so pay attention to accessories like your bag and shoes.

2. The Classic

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Nothing says professional more than an elegant black pencil skirt and pointed toe shoes. Make absolutely sure the skirt hits your knees or longer. While this is a professional length, it’s also incredibly flattering on every body type. Because pencil skirts are fitted, pair with a loose, more conservative top to balance it out. As with any outfit, make sure your accessories compliment the outfit, not distract from it.

3. The Simple Chic

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A sheath dress, especially in a dark neutral like black or navy, is universally flattering and professional. The clean lines pair nicely with a fun blazer or a cardigan while the knee-length and high neckline keep it professional.

4. The Girly Chic

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It’s hard to go wrong with a cute midi skirt. The length is professional while the flounce and pattern or color add some character. These pair nicely with fitted sweaters, blouses, and button downs. Be sure to keep your shoes closed-toe and the top conservative for an interview.

5. The Tomboy Chic

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This is a perfect interview outfit for staying true to your tomboy side. Experiment with flat shoes and blazers for a masculine chic look. If you like the look and want a little more flair, have fun with accessories.