What to ask and what NOT to ask in a job interview
The dreaded last question an interviewer will ask you. “Do you have any questions for me?” The answer is YES! Always yes! You should have 5 or 6 questions prepared before you go into an interview and you will probably develop some more as the conversation continues.
What to ask?
You should ask questions about the company and where you will fit, what you can do. These should not be about what the company can do for you. Nothing about salary or benefits should ever be asked in an interview, from either side. So what should you ask? Here are a few of my favorites:
1. What do you expect from my position in the first six months?
This shows that you are goal oriented and like to know what is expected of you right up front.
2. Is this a newly created position?
This answers the question of replacing people, developing new things, or even on-the-job training.
3. What other departments would I interact with?
A great way to show how you can work well with others, and a good way to learn more about the company.
4. Are there any special projects upcoming?.
This shows you are aware of any extra work or expectations and are prepared to dive right in.
What NOT to ask?
We’have all seen the lists of crazy questions that people have asked in an interview. What do these questions say about you? Asking about money or benefits is premature, as these things should not be discussed until an offer is made. Talking about them in an interview shows more interest in salary than in opportunity, which is a huge turn-off.
Saying, “No, I do not have any questions,” is an automatic disqualification for a lot of employers. Even if they answered every question you thought you had, you need to come up with something. Talking about the company’s history is great, as long as you did your research beforehand. Do not ask simple things like, “What is your mission statement?” as that should have been discovered earlier.
The Final Question
The last question should be something like this: “What is the next step in the hiring process? When can I expect to hear from you?” This lets them know that you are still interested and you are anxious to hear, but understand there are other things to consider. You absolutely want to ask this so that you know how quick the turnaround is so you can email or mail your thank you letter, make an follow-up call, or simply relax until the phone call is expected.
By: Rebecca Alwine has been a military spouse for almost 10 years, traveling the world with her husband, three kids, and dog. Throughout the years she's discovered she enjoys running, lifting weights, and most of the menial tasks of motherhood. When she's not writing, she is spending time at her sewing machine or with her nose in a book. Her writing experience includes military family topics, research pieces, guest blogging about parenting and many more. She's a contributing writer for ARMY Magazine and a regular contributor at ESME, and the Homefront United Network. Visit her website to see more at www.whatrebeccathinks.com or follow her on Twitter @armywife1229.
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