An interview can sometimes feel more like an interrogation than a discussion because you spend most of your time responding to questions. But just as the employer’s trying to size you up, you should be assessing their suitability to be your employer. And there’s only one way to see if the job is a good fit for you: asking all the right questions in the most effective and thoughtful way possible.


1. What would the ideal candidate be like?

You want to know what the employer's expectations are and how you compare to the ideal candidate. But you should also maintain an air of detachment and confidence. Rather than ask if you're right for the position, ask what qualities the ideal candidate would have. These would point to the day-to-day responsibilities of the job. So, listen for words like 'flexible,' 'committed,' 'experienced,' and 'reliable,' because they indicate very specific qualities and requirements.

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