Liberatore encourages more than a thorough dig on the company you are hoping to commit to. You have to study up on the company and the interviewer, but “you should have questions about the position and company to help determine if the opening is a fit for you, too,” Liberatore said.
Workday’s Le says there’s nothing wrong with using a prepared set of questions to drive home issues. “Write out questions about the manager, the role and the company for the end of the interview,” he said.
Some of Le’s sample questions:
* What skills do I need to succeed in this role?
* What makes this company different?
* What keeps you excited about the role?
One potential snag: Some of your pre-written questions may be answered by the end of the call. So no harm in overcompensating with more questions than you think you’ll need.
Also, be careful not to ask something that was already covered. You don’t want to send the message that you’re not listening. An even worse outcome: You don’t have any questions to ask.
“People may think this is just on the phone so they don’t think they need to be prepared to answer the inevitable, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’” Polkes said. “Always be prepared to ask questions. It shows you have done your research and it is a crucial part of the screening process.”