201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview

by John Kador
McGraw Hill, 196 pages, $10.36

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For those who remember their teachers praising them with the words "Now you're asking the right questions" 201 Questions to Ask will make perfect sense. Answers are usually stressed in interviews. After all, as the preferred candidate, you are the answer to the employer's needs. When an interviewer asks you if you have questions, it's your time to shine and set yourself apart from the pack. Job seekers who are able to take advantage of this and demonstrate they have done their homework and intend to fit in with the company's culture stand a much better chance at success.

According to 201 Questions to Ask..., asking questions demonstrates your level of interest in the position. For those wondering what some of the impressions interviewers are left with when job seekers don't ask questions, consider these items on Kador's list:

  • You think the job is unimportant or trivial
  • You're uncomfortable asserting yourself
  • You're not intelligent

The idea is to be a full partner in the interview process and not to come across as a spectator. 201 Questions to Ask... is organized into various themes like the Company, the Position and the Community. Under these different headings Kador explores questions like "What types of people seem to excel here"? This query is a good way to gain knowledge about a company's culture and specific types of people you will want to emulate. Another question, "How does the company support and promote personal and professional growth"? gives candidates a glimpse of whether an organization will expect you to work long hours and if they promote a workaholic culture.

Kador's book is not content just to list the questions candidates should be asking, but shows them how to frame their questions and when to ask them. He also includes Memorably Bad Questions that candidates have asked hiring managers, giving career seekers a good idea of what to steer clear of.

201 Questions to Ask... is a must have for professionals looking for an edge when they interview. Kador encourages interviewees to play to their strengths and polish their weaknesses until they gain confidence. His book hits on all cylinders, managing to be engaging and entertaining while it instructs and enlightens.

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