Ten Great Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

It’s guaranteed that near the end of an entertainment job interview, the interviewer will always ask, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Show your interviewer how interested you are by preparing great questions to ask during that conversation.

Remember, an interview is not a one-way street. You’re not only selling yourself as the best candidate for the job, but you also want to make sure you’re sold on the company and its people. The interviewer’s answers to your questions will give you a lot of food for thought.

Since it’s impossible to predict what will come up during your conversation, you’ll want to be prepared with a range of questions to pose. The following is a list of example questions (just to get you started), but we encourage you to develop 2-3 additional questions based on the specific industry, job, or company you’re interviewing for.

1. How would you describe your management style, or the management style of the person I’ll be reporting to? (Try to determine if you will be a good fit with whatever style they employ.)

2. Would you be able to tell me why this position is currently available? (If you are replacing someone who didn’t work out, determine if you resolve the associated issues.)

3. What type of person succeeds within this company and/or position? (Make sure you are that type of person.)

4. After this conversation, I feel confident I understand the primary responsibilities of this role, but what are the secondary duties of the position? Things that might occur, for example, only once a month or twice a year? (If you’ll be changing light bulbs and getting coffee in addition to running the publishing division, this is the time to find out.)

5. What is the biggest challenge facing the company and/or your department today? (Find out if you’ll be excited to tackle what lay ahead)

6. What are the company’s (or the division’s) plans for growth and/or cutbacks? (If you’re interested in advancement or promotion, this might be a very relevant inquiry.)

7. I’m excited about the open position, but I know eventually I’ll want even more responsibility. Are there paths for advancement? (Be careful on this one. You want to make sure you’ll have the opportunity to do new things in the future, but they are looking for someone to do the available job now.

8. How would you describe the culture of the company? (If there is a beer-bash-Friday type of culture, you should probably be okay with that.)

9. Why did you choose to work for this company? (This is a great question because it gives your interviewer an opportunity to talk about themselves while giving you some insight into what he/she thinks about the company.)

10. What do you like best about working here? What do you like the least? (Again, everyone likes to offer opinions, so this question should hit the mark.  It will also provide you with an indication of how open/transparent the interviewer is.)

It is often said you can tell more about a person by the nature of the questions they ask than by the statements he or she makes. That’s because well-focused questions give insight that is not only intellectual, but instinctual as well – that goes for both the interviewer and you!

Get on your way to landing an interview (so you can show off your smarts with these questions) by applying for your dream entertainment job listed on 4EntertainmentJobs.com today!


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Jason Armetta
President, Founder

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