Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview
During every job interview, after your potential employer has asked about your educational background, your interest in the company and your related experience, the conversation shifts. He or she will want to know if you have any questions to ask. This is not a moment you should dread, but you should be prepared. Don’t ask anything just fill the silence. The worst questions can make you look selfish or like you haven’t done your research.
The key to asking good questions during a job interview is to show that you have your future employer’s interests at heart. Here’s a list of five great questions to ask, from Forbes.
Questions to ask:
1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?
Not only does will this question show that you want to know how you can contribute to the company, it will also give you an idea of how good your prospects are for getting the job.
2. How do you envision this position supporting you?
This question highlights that you’re a team player who’s going to make life easier for your potential supervisor.
3. How does this position fit into the company’s long-term plans?
You’ll learn more about the company’s overall business strategy. If this question makes you nervous, couch it in terms of permission: “May I ask…”
4. How would you define “success” for this position?
This question may catch your interview off-guard, but it will give you insight into the kind of boss with whom you’ll be working. It reveals what he or she values most.
5. What can I do for you as follow up?
A question like this shows that you’re already looking for ways contribute. It can also provide you with a way to keep in contact, so that you don’t drop off the company’s radar after the interview. Also, don’t forget to write a thank you note the day following the interview.
Point of Contention: Money
If the salary for the position hasn’t been discussed, should you bring it up? Experts disagree on this point. “One subject you want bring up is money,” said Debra Benton, a professional speaker and executive coach. She recommends that you make it clear that money isn’t your primary motivation, but that you would like to know what to expect. “That shows my character. It takes courage and confidence to ask those questions.”
But others say you should hold off discussions of compensation and benefits until you get a written offer. “Don’t ask any questions related to your needs,” Louise Garver, founder of Career Directions, LLC. “Bring salary up too early and they’ll think that’s all you care about. Once they make the offer, it means they want you. Then negotiate. It shows that you’re serious.”
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