Questions You Should Ask
By Carole Martin – www.interviewcoach.com
At some point, usually at the conclusion of the interview, you may be asked, “Do you have any questions?” A common answer to this question is, “No, I think you’ve covered everything very well.” This is the wrong answer! You have passed up your opportunity to ask some critical questions that may make a difference as to whether you want to work for this company.
Timing is key. The first round of interviews is about discovery: finding out about the job and the company, not about the benefits, or raises. Good questions to ask in the first round are about the job content, the company culture, the future of the company.
The interview should an exchange of information. What does the company want, and what do you have to offer? But, also what do they have to offer, and what do you want? It is important that you express an interest in the company and the work being done, not just “what’s in it for me?”
By asking questions you will demonstrate investigative skills, and that you are particular about the company you work for, and that you are not going to take just any offer that is made.
It is also important to consider whom you are talking to.
The Human Resources person is the one likely to know about job descriptions, the morale or the company culture. The hiring manager, your future boss, is the person to ask about the department, It is also important to consider whom you are talking to. The Human Resources person is the one likely to know about job descriptions, qualities being sought, the morale or the company culture. The hiring manager, your future boss, is the person to ask about the department, the team you will be working with, the challenges of the job.
Questions NOT to ask in the first rounds of interviewing.
Questions about salary, stock options, vacation, holiday schedule, benefits.
Don’t ask questions that have already been answered in the interview.
Don’t “grill” the interviewer – it’s ok to ask about the person’s background, but as an interested party, not an interrogator.
Questions TO ASK in the first rounds of interviewing.
Ask for a copy of the job description. Ask why is this job open? What qualities are you seeking in the person for this job? What is the next step? When will you make your selection?
Prepare five or six questions before the interview and take them with you. When the time comes for you ask questions, make sure you are ready to find out some important information. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity.