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HR Specialist Shares The Five 'Gutsy' Questions All Applicants Need To Ask

Job interviews can be incredibly stressful situations. You have, usually, just one chance to make a face to face impression. And when you really want the job, it's hard not to worry about how one little slip-up could ruin your chances.

HR specialist Tani shared a fascinating video on TikTok in which she shared what are, in her expert opinion, five "gutsy" questions all applicants should ask a job interviewer.

Is there anything about my background that makes you hesitant to move forward in the interview process?

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This is a somewhat open-ended question, perhaps by design. You're basically asking the interviewer if you'll fit in at the new workplace.

This might also serve as a reminder to take a glance at your social media, because you can bet employers will.

How does my background compare to other candidates you're interviewing?

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There's always post-interview anxiety, where you're wondering how you stack up. If you receive an honest answer to this question, some of that anxiety can be alleviated.

I know that the pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions for many companies. How are you, as a manager, doing?

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This is a good way to not just acknowledge the wild circumstances of 2020 and 2021, but also to gently gauge the manager's level of competence. And, at the same time, it's a humane, compassionate question to ask.

What are the biggest challenges I will face in the first 90 days?

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Tani asks this question first, looking ahead to the first three months on the job. She adds, "How will success be measured?"

You always want to know how your prospective employers are going to evaluate you down the line.

Reflecting on your own experience, what have you seen the company do to promote diversity and inclusion?

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This one's an important question that often doesn't get asked.

Let us know what you think of these questions, and if you'd add any of your own, in the comments below.

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