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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Ask Quality Questions

Updated: May 27, 2020

Whether you are a counselor, career development facilitator, employer, or job-seeker, if you are not asking quality questions, you are not going to obtain worthwhile answers. Obviously, the key here is the word “quality” – defining it, aiming for it, and achieving it. You cannot reach quality without sweat-equity. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: What Can You Get From Quality Questions?

Certainly you know the importance of asking quality questions when talking with clients who have career concerns. You may also know that such questions lead to further inquiry and eventually solutions. But did you know that you and the client must be brave to face such questions? Click here to view a list of unusual questions for both you and the client to contemplate.

JOB SEARCHING: Don’t Allow a Hiring Manager to Lie in the Interview

One way to be an empowered candidate during the interview process is to ask quality questions. If an employer says, “Our company offers room for growth” then the candidate should ask, “What is the typical timeline for an employee to receive a promotion?” Read more examples of lies to avoid via quality questions at

TOP TEN: Questions That Will Help You Find Your Voice

Silence may be golden, but answering questions means actively searching for a voice – and a clear path for it to emerge. A notebook or journal may be most helpful when responding to questions such as “what gives you hope?” and “what platforms do you own?” Read and answer all 10 questions from Accidental Creative.


Your role with clients is to ask thoughtful, probing questions. Then dig deeper with more focused questions to peel back the layers to reveal the client’s career-life story. Read here on how to deliberately take up a “curiosity initiative.” After all, says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, “being a bit more proactively curious has its life- and career-enriching advantages.”

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No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. - George Bernard Shaw
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. - Confucius


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