What Questions Should You Ask During a Job Interview?
|What Questions Should You Ask During a Job Interview?|
| You’re almost through with a job interview when the interviewer
As Jennifer Sievers, Director of Client Services for Acclivity Healthcare points out, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it’s generally a formality, but a formality that may hurt you if you don’t take advantage of it.
“You absolutely must ask at least two questions. Staying silent shows you haven’t done enough homework to know what to ask,” says Jennifer. “But keep in mind that just because you are encouraged to ask questions doesn’t necessarily mean you should ask a thousand of them. A few well thought out questions go a long way. They should be something you genuinely need to know. Asking silly questions is much worse than not asking anything at all.”
We’ve got the top 5 best questions to ask in your next job interview. These can help you get a better idea of whether the position is right for you and perhaps even impress the interviewer in the process!
1. What do you like about working here?
2. What are your goals for the company in the next year?
3. If I were hired, what would you like to see me achieve in my first three to six months on the job?
4. Why is this position vacant?
“Many times a position is vacant because the person just wasn’t right for the job. If that’s the case, you can follow up with questions like ‘If you could have changed something about that person, what would it have been?’ This line of questioning will make you more memorable to the interviewer,” says Jennifer.
5. Do you have any reservations about hiring me?
“Just look the interviewer in the eye and say, ‘You’ve answered all of my questions. I’ve learned a lot today and I know this would be a great job for me. Do you have any reservations about hiring me?’ It forces the hiring manager to tell you what concerns they may have and gives you the chance to address them.”
What Not to Ask
“Never ask questions about what you want out of the job — money, advancement opportunities — it just comes off as selfish,” says Jennifer. She also recommends holding off on asking about vacation days and salaries. That can be addressed after you get the job offer.