During an interview, hiring managers usually ask “Do you have any questions?”. You should always be prepared to respond. It will not only show your interest in the position, but more importantly, by asking the right job interview question, you’ll be able to know if the employer is right for you.

Knowing what job interview question is important to ask is always a tough one. We pulled this short article from Lifehacker and thought we’d share, from a TikTok post by JT O’Donnell who shared her method for weeding out potentially bad bosses during an interview. It involves asking the following:

“Can you tell me about the most successful person you’ve ever hired and what exactly they did to be successful?”

This is helpful because the response they give you will be an indication of the kind of person they’re looking to hire, O’Donnell says.

Want an example of how this could be useful? Here’s the one O’Donnell used in her video:

“Let’s say this boss was raving about work-life balance at the organisation. But when you ask this question they said, ‘the best person I ever hired was Jim, he came in early, he stayed late, he worked weekends, I could text him call him anytime and he would drop everything for me.’ Does that sounds like work-life balance to you? No. It’s a very revealing question about what this boss admires and respects, which means that’s going to predict what you’re going to have to do to be successful and get raises and promotions. So ask that question you will learn a heck of a lot.”

Deciding what job interview question to ask depends on the type of position you are interviewing for and what is already discussed during the interview. O’Donnell’s example fits most situation and can be asked whether you’re applying as a Sales Manager or as a Nurse.

(updated 2021)

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