Job Seekers: Why YOU Need to Ask the Right Questions by Jerry Rizzo

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When it comes to interviewing for your potential dream gig, as an interviewee you tend to invest tremendous amounts of energy into preparing to WOW! the interviewer(s).  You never forget to brush your hair, rehearse your responses and chew an extra stick of Trident for good measure, but often you may forget that there are two sides of the interview table.  Then the recruiter asks, “Do you have any questions for me at this time?”

DON’T BLOW THIS OPPORTUNITY BONEHEAD!

It’s easy to ask vague questions in attempt to seem engaged, but recruiters can tell when you are truly interested.  This is a chance for you to really explore what employment with a company fully entails.  It’s not practical to think that every position will be a fit for you or that you will find a way to adjust to any company’s culture.  To an extent your main objective is to seek employment at a company that best fits YOU!

ASK THE INTERVIEWER ABOUT THINGS YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW!

If you don’t really care about what the interviewer likes about the company, don’t feel inclined to ask them about it.  If you are concerned about the amount of travel you will be required to do, ask questions about that.  Tap into what you really want to know about working at the company.  This part of the interview is ALL ABOUT YOU!

In a recent article on Cachinko.comHeather R. Huhman listed some great question for interviewees to consider asking when the question “What questions do you have for me?” arises.  Check it out below!

  1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?
  2. What are the goals of this department?
  3. What successes has this department had in the last 5 years?
  4. What main challenges will I encounter at this position?
  5. How big is the team I’d be working with?
  6. Can you tell me about the culture and environment here?
  7. How often should I expect to receive a performance review?
  8. How would you define “success” at this position?
  9. What do you like best about this company?
  10. What do you like best about your job?
  11. Can you describe a typical day or week for this position?
  12. Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to within the company?
  13. How do you envision this position supporting you?
  14. What are some challenges I might face working in this position?
  15. Can you describe the typical client/customer I might be working with and their expectations?
  16. What are the opportunities at this organization for training and further education?
  17. What happened to the person who previously held this job?
  18. How much travel, if any, is involved in this position?
  19. What’s the biggest challenge facing the company today?
  20. What are the next steps for the interview process?
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