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Questions to Ask in the Interview
In the interview you will be expected not only to answer questions but also to ask them. What you ask can be as important as the answers you supply. Steer clear of questions that could easily be answered with a little research. The interviewer may perceive you as lacking initiative or interest in the organization. Your questions should not be “throwaways” designed simply to fulfill the interviewer’s expectation. Ask questions that are based on the specific organization and job, that will provide you with important information and insight that can help you decide if this is a good match for you. You’ll score points with the interviewer if you ask thoughtful questions that demonstrate your interest and show you have taken the time to research the organization. Ideally, your research and your discussion with the interviewer will give you some topics to follow up on with pertinent questions, but here are a few to get you started.
Be sure the answer to this question isn’t available on the organization’s website or literature. If it is, you might ask a related question that delves deeper into the topic.
What do you do in a typical work day? In a typical week? This is a question to ask a hiring manager. It shows you are interested in life on the job in the organization.
Why did you choose to work for this company? You can pose this question to a recruiter or hiring manager; this gives the person a chance to “sell” the company and gives you insight into why someone would want to work for the organization.
How would you describe your company culture? This question provides you and the interviewer or hiring manager with another opportunity to determine if you and the company are a good match for each other.
What is the natural career progression for employees with my skill set? This question shows that you are thinking about the future and hope to stay with the company.
Does this organization have a formal mentor or coaching program? How is it structured? This illustrates that you are interested in being the best employee you can be.
What kind of internal and external training do you provide? Again, this type of question illustrates your desire to excel in the job.
What are the next steps in the hiring process? In addition, as your interview closes, be sure to restate your interest and ask for the job.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013 - Diversity Edition
Job Choices - February 2013 Diversity Edition
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
From Campus to Career
Timeline: From Campus to Career
Building the Skills That Employers Want
What Employers Want
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
A Step-by-Step Guide to a Winning Resume
Are You Demonstrating These on Your Resume?
What Belongs Where? Organizing Your Resume
The Successful Interview: Preparation and Practice Make Perfect
Quick Tips: The Video Interview
Sample Interview Questions
Questions to Ask in the Interview
Acing the Behavior-Based Interview
Disclosing a Disability in a Job Interview
Examples of Preemployment Inquiries Related to Disabilities
How Can You Find a Gay-Friendly Company?
The Critical First Year on the Job
Adapting to Corporate Culture
Selecting and Cultivating a Mentor
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013 - Diversity Edition