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Asking questions during an interview is a terrific way to position yourself as the ideal candidate for a role, but when is the best time to ask them? Hint: It’s not only as you’re wrapping up.

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Please hold all questions until the end.

Though you might hear this during a presentation, it shouldn’t happen in a job interview.

Welcome to the fifth and final installment of Ragan Communications Chief Marketing Officer Mandy Zaransky’s top tips for a successful interview.

If you’ve been following along, you know that preparation is crucial to interview success. Aside from researching the organization and those who will be conducting the interview, you should prepare questions to ask in the interview.

Curiosity is not a bad thing; it can be a huge strength. Questions provide verbal cues that show the interviewer you’re paying attention. They’re also the perfect opportunity for you to position yourself as the ideal candidate.

Timing is crucial, though; don’t wait until the conclusion to ask all your questions.

“It’s important to ask questions throughout the entire interview, not just at the end,” says Zaransky. “By asking relevant questions, you can set yourself up to show the interviewer you’re able to do something in the position, based on a task, or tasks, they’ve mentioned. This gives you the chance to explain why you’re a good fit.”

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