The proper questions to ask in an interview
This is a list of questions that can allow you to appear well spoken and thoughtful during an interview:
- What specific responsibilities will the job entail?
- If I am offered the position, when will I begin work?
- What is a typical work week? What hours will I be working?
- Is the position I'm being hired for a new position, or am I replacing someone that has left?
- What are your training procedures?
- Will there be any opportunities for advancement or promotion?
- Who will I be reporting to and what are the procedures for getting projects and assignments?
- Are there any skills that you think that I lack for this position or anything that I can work on to better fit the position?
By asking these questions, you open up the opportunity to discuss your strengths further, and you can positively address any weaknesses that have arisen from your discussion. For example, if you had said that work well in a team and the interviewer tells you that they are uncertain because the job requires independence, you can explain that you enjoy working in a team, but you are also able to work alone. Also, by asking questions you clear up your own confusions about the position.
However, there are some questions that you need to AVOID during an interview:
- When can I take vacations?
- I have another job/appointment/commitment, so can I be flexible with my schedule?
- How much do I get paid?
These questions make you appear eager to find a job that isn't important to you. Rather, they make you appear as though you are in it simply for the money and not because you want a good job.
By preparing yourself not only to ANSWER questions, but also to ASK questions, your interview will go smoothly and you can better present yourself to your potential employer!
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