Want to Impress Your Job Recruiter? Here’s How!

April 15, 2015 Resume Services

job interview questionsA new crop of graduates will be leaving colleges and universities this spring, armed with a host of degrees and hoping to find good jobs. But the competition will be stiff for the jobs available, and a good resume might not be enough to land you the job you want.

“The oral interview may be key,” said Dave Kerpen, CEO of social media marketing company Likeable Local. “And at some point, the interviewer will probably ask the candidate, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’”

After checking with others on the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs, Kerpen came up with a short list of the most impressive questions job candidates have asked (or that hiring managers wish they would ask!)

For job-seekers who will soon be pounding the pavement, here are the responses Kerpen suggested to Business Insider might give a good candidate a leg up and impress the recruiter:

  • How will the work I will be doing contribute to the organization’s mission?
  • How do you see this position evolving in the next three years?
  • Who would your ideal candidate be, and how can I make myself more like them?
  • What can I help clarify that would make hiring me an easy decision?
  • What’s the most frustrating part of working here?
  • What keeps you up at night?
  • How did you get your start?

What are the questions best NOT to ask?

  • Is it possible to change the job details, the work schedule or the salary?
  • How quickly can I expect to be promoted?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • Does the company monitor e-mail or Internet usage?

And the worst possible questions a candidate can ask?

  • Any information about the company that you could have (and should have) learned with a Google search before appearing for the interview.

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