Most of us have experienced the stress associated with job interviews, especially when they are for a position we really want. Most interview training techniques will teach you how to answer questions that employers ask you but they rarely cover the questions that you should be asking employers. Below are 4 questions that you should be asking during any interview, as well as the one thing that you should definitely avoid.
What skills would an ideal candidate for this position have?
By asking this question you are giving the interviewer an opportunity to tell you exactly what they are looking for in an employee. You can then respond by pointing out the experience and skills you possess that compliment what they have outlined. If there are any qualifications that you lack or have failed to list, you can clarify those at this time as well. This question is good because it implies that you are looking for the perfect fit in a position as much as they are looking for the perfect fit in an employee.
What should I know about the people I will be working with?
This question is phrased in a very specific way; as if you already have the job. This shows confidence and it clearly expresses your interest in the position. It also shows the employer that you are a people person and have a genuine interest in cooperatively working within a team environment.
What is your company’s policy on advancement?
Showing an interest in long-term employment is a great way to show employers that you are serious about a position within their company. Training and hiring new employees cuts into a company’s bottom line. Employers are always seeking candidates who show potential for advancement in the future and who want to grow with the company.
Do you have any concerns about my experience or qualifications?
This is a difficult question to ask but it shows great confidence because most people shy away from criticism. By addressing any concerns head on you are creating an opportunity to further express why you are perfect for this position. Listen carefully to the response and be sure your reply is as confident as the question. Do not get defensive, instead, point out the skills you possess that would be beneficial to the company and explain how you would utilize them.
And the one question you should always avoid…
How much will I make?
We have all been told to avoid questions about pay during an interview and it stands true today. While this information is important, an initial interview is not the time to negotiate salary. Instead, ask what the next step in the process is. However, if the information is offered or if you are asked what your expected pay rate is, do not hesitate to express honestly what you believe you are worth. Make it clear that you are willing to negotiate, but never settle for less than you deserve.