Questions you should be asking
The interview is nearly over and you have done your best to put a positive spin on every issue brought up by the interviewer. You have taken every chance to sell yourself and your skills to the employer. But are you finished? Many experts say no; while the interview questions may be over for the employer, what about asking the employer questions?
Most often when an employer asks at the end of the interview if the applicant has any questions, it is met with a simple response of 'no', or 'you covered everything'. This is not true; and many employers will take this as a lack of sincere interest in the position. This is also a failure on your part because of the following reasons:
- Questions allow you to clarify any points made by the employer
- Questions about the specifics of the job probably haven't been addressed
- Questions you may have about the job or the employer need to be voiced to be answered.
What Questions You Should Ask
During the interview, you will most likely have questions for the employer. Asking the employer about issues is not forbidden, and is most likely welcome. They want you to understand the job as well. Here are some general questions you might consider along with any you come up with during the interview.
- If you don't know anything about the company you plan to work for, find out
- Ask about the job history, how long it is for, what have the duties involved and what to expect in the future
- Ask about possible work schedules, if there is a definite 'in' and 'out' time or if work may require you to stay a few minutes
- Ask about the work environment; the employer should be willing to tell you if the place is casual or more formal
- Now is the time to ask about benefits, pay schedules, and other issues
Asking the employer about concerns and issues you have gives an impression that you are serious about getting the position. This also allows you to fully understand the work environment and the company.