The reverse is also true – you'll be wise to steer clear of certain questions.
"The hiring manager doesn't want to hear questions about things you could have learned on your own through simple searches," Schelling said. "Don't ask a general question about the company's values. Ask about a specific value instead and how it is seen in the company."
"Don't ask candidate-centric questions about pay, schedule flexibility or the number of hours you'll work, either," Schelling added.
If you're interviewing for a technology position, expand your list to include questions such as:
- How do you use technology for competitive advantage?
- Based on current projects, what technology would I have the opportunity to work with?
- How is the company thinking ahead in terms of technology?
"Do your research and come prepared with provocative questions," Schelling advised. "Too often, candidates don't do that, and saying 'I don't have any questions' can be off-putting to the hiring manager."
"The interview itself is structured, so this is your time to shine," he added. "It lets the hiring manager see how you think and how you connect the dots between yourself, the position and future opportunities."