By Tina Humphrey, Peer Advisor
Congratulations, you’re at the interview! You’ve prepared so much to come this far and you’ve already grabbed the employer’s attention. Now it’s time to seal the deal. When you come to the end of the interview, your interviewer(s) ask if you have any questions. It’s always important to ask a few questions to show your interest in the company. Remember the interviewer will most likely remember not what you said but how you made them feel.
According to Ashley Stahl, a career coach, here are the right questions to ask:
- What does success look like in this position?
- What would you say are the key challenges that the person in this role would be facing?
- What are the qualities of a person who you see excelling in this role?
- What is the employee culture like here?
- What do you enjoy the most and the least about working here?
- What does a day in the life look like in this position?
- How do you see this sort of position evolving over time?
- Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
- How has this role evolved since it was created?
- What is the top priority for this position over the next three months?
Here are the wrong questions to ask:
1) How much do you pay?
This is like asking about marriage on the first date.
2) How much time off do you offer?
You want them to be focused on what you’ll give to them, not the paid vacation time you will take from them…
3) What’s your company mission?
4) What does your company do?
You should know this!
5) Are employees able to work on their own schedule?
6) What are the benefits in this position?
Don’t let them assume you’re going to be a diva!
7) Do you do background checks?
8) Do you monitor employee internet use?
Now they’re worried…
9) How quickly to people get promoted in this role?
They want someone who wants the actual job.
10) Do you pay for relocation costs?
You’re already making them see money coming out of their pocket! Don’t cover this until you have a job offer.
11) I’m actually even more interested in your marketing team—how long until I can be considered for those roles?
They want someone excited about the job they’re interviewing for, not someone who clearly sees it as a stepping stone (Although, let’s be honest… Everything is a stepping stone!)
Good luck interviewing, Canes!