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5 impressive questions to ask at your next interview

We get it: Job interviews can be nerve-wracking. Whether it's for a babysitting gig or an internship, it's easy to get caught up in worrying about what to say. But don't stress, babe, because we've got you! One of our fave ways to ace an interview? Asking questions. It shows the interviewer that you're *really* interested in the position and that you're interested in learning more. Keep reading for five fabulous questions will def get you that gig.

1. What are the qualities you are looking for in an employee?

Asking your future boss what they're looking for is always a great place to start. Do they want someone who's organized? Someone who's outgoing? Your interviewer's answer might just let you know if this position is right for you. Maybe they want someone who is on time and knows how to use Excel. If you always have twelve alarms set on your phone and make a mean budget, then it might be the perfect job for you.

2. Could you describe a typical shift in this position?

Hopefully, if you've made it to the interview, you have a pretty solid grasp on your job title. But what does a "customer consultant" do besides, er, consult customers? Asking about what a typical shift may look like can give you a better idea of what you'll be expected to do on the daily and maybe even give you ideas about how to go above and beyond on the job. Employee of the month? We think yes. 

3. What values are important to this company?

A tell-tale sign a company is a good fit for you is if your values align. If you're up for a volunteer position at your local animal shelter, it's probably true that both you and the organization have a passion for animal welfare. If you're meeting a prospective family to babysit, though, their values may be less clear. Inquiring about what matters to your employer can help you be a better employee and shows your interviewer that you fit within their company. 
Bonus question: How do employees put these values into practice while working?

4. In what ways will you interact with other employees?

Work is always more fun with friends, so will there be opportunities to make some on the job? That's a great question for your interviewer! Will you be collaborating on spreadsheets with other interns? Will you have some homies on your shifts at the ice cream shop? It never hurts to ask how much you'll be hanging with other employees.

5. What do you hope employees get out of working for this company?

Especially as someone who probably isn't depending on a long-term position at this job, it's important to know how you can use your time there as a stepping stone on the way to your bigger goals. Will you walk away with new skills? With connections to professionals? With a deepened understanding of the needs of your community? No matter the specifics, make sure you're getting more out of your work than just a little cash or a point on your resume. 

One more thing, girlie: Make sure you actually listen to the responses you're given. Sure, asking Q's is definitely impressive, but building off the interviewer's answers to show you're the best hire? That's showstopping.

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by Aubrey Rhoadarmer and Riley Yates | 10/25/2022