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When you go on a job interview, the last thing you probably never think about is asking a question.

Unless the interviewer provides an opportunity for you to make an inquiry about the company, many of us prepare for job interviews ready to answer their questions.
So we prepare accordingly by doing our research to impress the representative about our knowledge of the company to which we are applying.

But we should also be prepared and ready to ask the right questions to have a leg up on the competition.

Seeking examples of these from strangers online, Redditor fmgame asked:
"What is THE best question to ask on a job interview?"

A company's history or information about a past employee were suggested subjects appropriate for questioning.

Prior Knowledge

"When you were interviewing here, what would you have liked to know before you joined?"


"This worked for me. I asked my interviewer a question about how she had personally dealt with a company policy she had just explained. She bragged about her stellar adherence to the policy. I nodded my approval. I got the job."


A Previous Employee

"One that has always gone over well for me:"

"What were some qualities that the previous employee in this role brought to the job that you would like to see carried forward?"

"Another good thing to do is research the company you are interviewing with and you can ask things about what they may be involved in or you could drop that while reading about the company, you wondered this."


So, What Happened?

"Why is this position open?"


Hypothetical questions were suggested as helpful examples of inquiry.

Indicators Of How Companies Treat Employees

"A question that landed me a job once was: 'If I asked your direct reports about your management style, what do you think they'd tell me?' Stumped a hiring manager and he emailed me personally to tell me about it, no one ever asked him that question but got the job.

"In my current interviews I'm asking 'what did your company do for its employees during [the virus] to improve their day to day, work life balance, etc.' and I ask 'Is there anything your company adopted during [the virus] that they plan to keep post [the virus]?"

"These questions give a lot of insight into whether a company treated their employees well."


Past Performance & Adjustments

"If we were currently sitting in my 1 year review, what would I have done in this year for you to say I excelled in my role?"

"If I could snap my finger right now and change anything about your job or the company, what would it be and why?"


Wage Increases

"Perhaps not the best but very interesting. A candidate asked me if it is possible in our company to get a significant raise without climbing up the career ladder in our company. This guy never wanted to be a manager, he wanted to do what he applied for but wanted to know it will be well paid. We hired him. He's introvert, working alone in his 'basement' but he's great at what he does."


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The following questions about a prospective company may not be answered from initial digging on their website.

Measure Of Success & Career Trajectories

"How is success measured in this role?"

"What are some possible career trajectories within the company that could stem from this position?"


Being A Solution

"Ask them what is the biggest problem you can solve for them in your first six months with the company. Similar to 'don't think of a purple hippo,' this forces them to imagine you succeeding in the position."


Greatest Hits

"What do you like best about working here?"


Simply The Best

"Who is your best employee and why is he/she the best?"

"You will then face 2 situations mostly:"

"panicking CEO who can't answer you 'Bob who works 17 hours a day for a slice of bread' so the fear in their faces must be a big nono for you"

"entusiast CEO who actually follow their business and can tell you who is an added value for the company and why."


A Typical Day

"What does a day to day look like in this position?"


The Office Culture

"'Do you enjoy working here?' or 'What do you like about working here'. If the interviewer is not convincing, consider that a red flag and look elsewhere. Also look at the faces of the employees, if they look miserable, walk back out."


My experiences with job interviews are different than others seeking work in office environments.

Having had a years-long career as a dancer, my "interview" was the dance audition, where hopefuls dance in small groups of people at a time after learning a routine and then awaiting their fate after the panel evaluates their performances.

The question I may or may not have asked in such a scenario earlier in my career was: "Did I make the cut?"

I did not make the cut. And I learned never to ask that again.

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