Preparing for the job interview is one of the most crucial steps in any job search. Demonstrating that you've researched the role, the company and people working there indicates your interest in the opportunity, but pre-interview preparation doesn't stop there.
The most overlooked key to succeeding in an interview, even by the most qualified of candidates, is the questions you ask a potential employer. Because asking the wrong ones, or worse, not asking any at all, will give the impression of disinterest or of a passive nature.
Asking the right questions during a job interview, however, will not only demonstrate the qualities, skills and experience that piqued the employer's interest, doing so will also help you decide whether the opportunity is the right fit with your expectations.
These are the questions that will help you qualify if an opportunity is the right fit:
1. What do you like most about the company?
Corporate culture is important -- with 88% of employees believing that a distinct workplace culture is important to an organization's success. Asking this question gives you a chance to get an insider’s perspective into what it’s like to actually work within that company. However, pay attention to body language. Is the hiring manager suddenly distracted or avoiding eye contact? These could be red flags that he or she doesn't actually enjoy their employment.