Winning Questions to Ask
Interview etiquette requires that you, as the applicant allow the interviewer to direct and control the first part of the interview. They take the lead in asking the questions about your work experience, education, skills and attitude.
However, at some point, the interviewer will turn to you and ask if you have any questions. You must be ready with questions that demonstrate your business judgment and maturity.
Here are some questions that may be appropriate to ask. Review these questions before each interview and decide which ones apply to your situation.
1. Why was this position created?
2. What are the primary objectives during the first six months?
3. What is the most urgent or difficult part of the job?
4. Why did the previous person in this position leave?
5. What freedom would I have in getting the job done?
6. What do you see as my greatest strengths and weaknesses in terms of this position?
7. When will you be making your decision to fill this position?
Note: Questions as to style and authority may be best asked at offer time, or a 2nd interview level at earliest.
Questions NOT to Ask
|What does this company do?||It would be obvious that you did no research on the company.|
|Will I be up for promotion within a year?||Promotions are based on performance, not time. This question will give the interviewer a caution flag.|
|What does this job pay?||Salary should never be discussed until an offer. Repeat being open to a reasonable, competitive offer.|
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