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A job interview isn't a one-way street. The most successful interviewees realize it is an intelligent conversation, a mutual give-and-take that should result in both parties communicating their relevant agenda and understanding the other better.

According to Career Experts form Bayt.com, the Middle East's No.1 job-site asking questions of the interviewer is not only expected but makes you look more interested (and interesting) to the interviewer. Provided of course the questions are intelligent and show you in a positive light. Moreover, beyond asking questions to demonstrate your proactivity and intellect, this is the time to ascertain whether the job really is suitable for you and to determine the actual nature of the role on offer. The following are just a few questions that can be asked to know what you're getting into.

  • Why is this position open?
  • What level of experience/ skill are you looking for in the person who fills this role?
  • What kind of training would be available?
  • What would my initial responsibilities on the job be?
  • What would a typical day look like in terms of projects, responsibilities, deadlines etc?
  • Can you tell me something about the team I would be working with?
  • What objectives would you like the person in this role to accomplish?
  • Is there a specific career progression path that I would have with your company?
  • What are some of the more difficult problems I might face in this role?
  • What resources would the person in this role have - in terms of support, budget etc.
  • What significant changes do you foresee in the company in the near future?
  • In what areas do you consider your company to have the greatest strength?
  • How would my performance be evaluated in this position?
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    1. محمد مهيوب محمد ثابت النويهيانتم امل الشباب
    Fri 31-May-2013 14:50 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    2. Abdulgader AbuhlegaGood points indeed .but there are some questions comes out during the interview in this case we should ready for it and knowing what we going for
    Wed 03-Apr-2013 09:22 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    3. فوزى خليفةجزاكم الله خيرا وبارك فيكم may ALLAH bless you all
    Mon 30-May-2011 10:18 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    4. Amany DandohGood advice,but whah if the advertisment of the job contains most ansewrs of those questions?
    Sun 27-Jun-2010 11:07 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    5. Muhammad khan khangood question....these question helps in future and makes your experience to achieve the high level.thank you
    Sun 13-Jun-2010 08:39 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    6. amina balazimerci pour vous conseil
    Sat 22-May-2010 12:30 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    7. تركية نوري المغربيالسلام عليكم ,أسئلة مهمة جداً , فمن الجيد أن يعرف طالب العمل كيف يوجه الأسئلة ويواجه صاحب العمل بكل أدب واحترام,شكراً جزيلاً لكل من ساهم في تطوير مهارات طالب العمل وتعريفه بصاحب العمل والطريقة المثلى لإيجاد وظيفة لائقة, أرجو من الله تعالى التوفيق لنفسي وللآخرين..جزاكم الله كل خير,, تركية نوري المغربي.(أخصائية اجتماعية,ومحاسبة وسكرتيرة جيدة جداً)
    Fri 30-Apr-2010 19:05 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    8. jamal baymainthis website is very good,thank you
    Tue 29-Sep-2009 07:39 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    9. Sami KhanAbsolutely to the point, polite and reasonable questions which can result in Confidence building, keep interested & healthy reflection to the interviewer.
    Wed 23-Sep-2009 03:29 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    10. ABDUS SAKUR TALUKDERThis is very fruitful. Really, we should wonder something to the interviewer. Traditionally especially for mid or entry level they do not want to listen anything from interviewee. But we need to make sure who is getting interview and we need to consider step of interview. We should not ask all questions at the first day. I appreciate to the Bayt.com to distinct diversification.
    Sun 19-Jul-2009 17:47 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    11. Nagaraja EmmadiVery good questions
    Wed 08-Jul-2009 15:58 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    12. Tamer YoussefIts Amazing Step I Was Lacking in Thanks For The Information.
    Sat 27-Jun-2009 06:23 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    13. Bai Fairuz BaraguirI agree that an interview is a two-way process, applicants should assert their right in knowing what job they are getting into otherwise i don't see the reason why he/she should spend years with a company in total oblivion
    Fri 12-Jun-2009 11:12 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    14. Mohammed alsifranThat is very very very good .
    Fri 29-May-2009 21:37 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    15. Mohammed Omar Shahvery accurate , precise & polite questions. Thank you
    Mon 25-May-2009 10:12 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    16. Ahmad Al-zoubivery very good bayt . go a head ...!
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    17. Tashfeen KhanGood Job
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    18. Moa'ath HammadThanks for the information.
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    19. rajae rajoje vous remercie infiniment pour vos informations qui sont vraiment importantes. merci.
    Wed 15-Apr-2009 10:12 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
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    Thu 09-Apr-2009 12:25 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    21. Montaser Ebrahimthank you
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    22. Khalid Aziz KhanVery helpful
    Wed 31-Dec-2008 21:03 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    23. حسام عباسجزاكم الله خيرا الدال على الخير كفاعله
    Sat 13-Dec-2008 13:03 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    24. zahara ali rizvimarvellous,thanx a lot for such instructions,it really helped me in my success
    Wed 10-Dec-2008 22:25 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    25. Hussain Al Arajnaأسئلة مهمة جدا وهي خطوة نجاح في عالم المقابلات الشخصية وهي التقييم الأول لشخصيتك المعبرة من خلال هذه الإسئلة بارك الله فيكم جميعا من طرح الموضوع ومن علق عليه
    Wed 03-Dec-2008 16:47 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    26. ياسر علي عويشيرموضوع ممتاز يفيد كل موظف في معرفة متطلباته الوظيفية وحقوقه
    Mon 17-Nov-2008 04:26 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    27. Refaat Mohamed El Baheythanks for these efforts
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    28. nabil kamelاشكركم على هذ الموقع واتمنامن اللة عز وجل ان اجد فرصة عمل مناسبة
    Mon 03-Nov-2008 19:28 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    29. Aziz RehmanYou've disseminated a good questionnaire but reality is no any interviewer will reply all of these question at the time of interview.... :)
    Mon 27-Oct-2008 09:27 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    30. شاهيناز عزامجزاكم الله كل الخير على الموقع اللي اكتر من رائع ومساعدتكم للكثيرين والنصائح والبحث عن الوظيفه المناسبه
    Sun 26-Oct-2008 21:43 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    31. nabil aliنصائح مفيدة جداً وتهم كل شخص متقدم لوظيفة جديدة فعلاً أنتم دعم هائل ومهم جداً لكل العرب أثابكم الله ووفقكم جميعاً لما فيه الخير والفلاح والصلاح لنا جميعاً
    Sat 25-Oct-2008 22:30 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    32. يوسف الشيخالسلام عليكم اشكر جميع من ساهم بهذا الصرح الرائع والقيم كما اشير الى ان هناك سهوله بالتسجيل واتمام الاجرائات على اتم وجه شاكر ومقدر جهودكم اخوكم سالم
    Thu 16-Oct-2008 19:24 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    33. maria naderBayt this is great, but you should also have a list of questions one should NOT ask at a first interview. The first question a candidate asked me not too long ago was 'what are the work hours' - I didnt think that was very appropriate as we all work very hard in our company and very few adhere to the fixed company hours. Your questions are much more appropriate.
    Mon 29-Sep-2008 08:50 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    34. Asim KhanNice questions to be asked by the interviwee.
    Mon 29-Sep-2008 04:19 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    35. Ahmad Mujtaba HashmiThese are very helpful for the job seekers.
    Sun 28-Sep-2008 20:50 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    36. عبد العزيز سعدونشكرا جزيلا على هذه النقاط المهمة، باركـ الله فيكم اتمنى أن أوفق في ايجاد الوظيفة المناسبة لي...
    Sun 28-Sep-2008 11:39 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    37. samar siddiquegood side for both job provider / seeker.
    Thu 04-Sep-2008 07:57 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    38. MARK FIGUEIREDOthe questions are very inteligent ones i am very happy i came across these questions
    Wed 03-Sep-2008 15:42 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    39. Anwar Siddiquii have read all the comments and glad to know that all the members are satisfied with your questions but i want to something about the new comers. Thanks.
    Wed 27-Aug-2008 06:19 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    40. ahmed zienجزاكم الله عنا خير الجزاء
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    41. abdullah alkhodaryكل شي مميز في الموقع وانا متفاجئ جدا بالموقع ويارب يكون لينا نصيب ونشتغل من الموقع
    Fri 01-Aug-2008 07:44 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    42. Samer KassisiehIt`s really a v.good question`s thank`s a lot for your efforts.
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    43. Samer KassisiehIt`s really a v.good question`s thank`s a lot for your efforts.
    Thu 31-Jul-2008 06:48 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    44. ALI ALABIDThanks alot, they are arealy good questions you need to know their answers, but i would add (what an extra experiance i would add to mine if i work to you?)
    Thu 31-Jul-2008 03:51 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    45. Mariam Kaafaranithanks its a good questions
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    46. علاء نمرالف شكر لمجهودكم والله اسئله صحيحه شكرا على القائمه
    Sat 19-Jul-2008 19:17 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    47. carolina dayandanteThanks for the information. This will help me acquire in asking the interviewer. But is it also proper if we ask the interviewer to know how much is the specific salary that we will be receiving?
    Thu 17-Jul-2008 01:38 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
    48. marwa fawzyشكرا على المعلومات القيمه ومنكم نستفيد وجزاكم الله عنا كل خير مروه فوزى
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