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6 Must-Ask Interview Questions

6 Must-Ask Interview Questions

Joe Turner |

Interviewing can be a gut-wrenching process. Most books on how to interview list hundreds of questions you need to be ready to answer, but few talk about the questions you need to ask.

Take more control at your next interview by asking some pointed questions of your own. Here are six must-ask questions and why you should know the answers.

1. What happened to the person who previously did this job? (If a new position: How has this job been performed in the past?)

Why You Need to Ask: You need to know any problems or past history associated with this position. For instance, was your predecessor fired, or was he promoted? Is this a temporary position or brand-new? The answer will tell you about management’s expectations and how the company is gearing to grow.

The Nursing Interview Quiz

1. It's interview time! You arrive at your interview:

30 minutes early - you want to show your dedication to the job.
10 minutes early - But you were actually parked and ready to go in 20 minutes ago.
5 minutes late - You don't want to seem too eager.

2. Why did you choose to work here? What keeps you here?

Why You Need to Ask: Although you may like this company, you’re an outsider. You need to find out what an insider has to say about working there. Who better to ask than your interviewer? This also forces the interviewer to step out of their official corporate role and answer personally as an employee and potential coworker.

3. What is the first problem the person you hire must attend to?

Why You Need to Ask: You need to be on the same page as your new manager, as well as be clear on what the initial expectations are and that you can deliver. What you don’t want is to allow yourself to be misled about the job’s requirements and end up overwhelmed and over your head after the first week on the job.

4. What can you tell me about the individual to whom I would report?

Why You Need to Ask: It doesn’t matter how wonderful the company might be; your time will be spent working for a specific manager. You need to find out who this person is and what kind of manager he is — earlier rather than later, before personality clashes develop. If you’re an independent type used to working through solutions on your own, for instance, you’ll chafe when you find you’re being supervised by a micromanager.

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    about 5 years ago


    I was hoping these would be more relevant to nursing. Some of the ways the questions are formed there, it sounds more like a desk job type business you're interviewing at.

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    about 5 years ago


    Good questions. It may be good to find out in advance what the company's policy is on client/patient complaints of abuse or neglect.

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    over 5 years ago


    These are great questions. I think it's important for candidates to remember that they are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing them!

  • 3cb2197_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Great questions! Most importantly: ask questions, always! You might also want to inquire about subjects dear to your heart, i.e. growth potential for your personal career goals; ask & learn about the culture in the facility; learn about performance goals & how they measure success; learn more about your future manager: how do they approach issues & what are they expecting of you in your role; last but not least inquire about their interview process - what can you expect to happen next. Good luck!

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