Have you recently been contacted for a job interview? If so, you may be pretty excited. When it comes to getting a new job or starting a new career, an interview is the first step towards success. The only problem is that many interviewees end up making costly mistakes during their interviews. One of those mistakes is by not asking any questions. Not asking any questions during a job interview gives the impression that you are not a leader, just a follower. That is not the type of impression you want to make.
Before examining the type of questions that you should ask, it may be best to focus on the type of questions that you shouldn’t. For one, you are advised against asking about the pay or raises, like when they kick in. Salary is something that should be brought up by the interviewer. If and when salary is discussed, you may want to ask about raises, but it is advised that you refrain from doing so, at least right away.
In keeping with questions that you should not ask, many employers give their job applicants information about their company, like a company brochure or a link to their online website. You are advised to thoroughly examine all of the information given to you prior to your interview. This will prevent you from asking questions that you should already know the answers to. For example, asking a question about the history of the company, when you were already given detailed historical information, gives the impression that you did not read through the materials given to you. This is not the type of first impression that you want to make.
Now that you know some of the questions that you do not want to ask during a job interview, you may want to focus on some of the questions that you can ask, or at least ones that are considered “safe”. Asking about the average workday or workweek is appropriate. For instance, ask if you were hired for the job, what would your workdays or workweeks be like? What type of tasks would you be required to complete?
Another question that you may want to ask during a job interview is about the company’s future. Are there any plans for expansion? How does the company rate against the competition? These are interesting questions that show that you want to work for a successful company, one that will be around for a long period of time. Asking about the stability of a company also gives a good impression of yourself, as it often means that you too are looking for stability.
You may also want to ask the interviewer some personal questions, but do not get too personal. Try asking them about how they like working for their company. Ask about when they started working for the company and what level did they start at. If they advanced, ask if it was relatively easy to do? Does the company in question tend to promote from the inside up or do they hire new employees? This may get you on a personal level with the interviewer, which tends to make your interview more memorable.
The suggested questions above are just a few of the many that you may want to ask during a job interview. As always, use your best judgment when asking questions, but it is important that you do ask at least some.
Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved.