Chances are you’re already familiar with the following scenario:
You’ve survived the bulk of a job interview – you’ve listened attentively to the interviewer’s questions and provided detailed, clear responses – and now the tables have turned. The questions have come to a halt. The interviewer closes their folder.
“So,” he/she begins, “do you have any questions for me?”
Preparing for this crucial interview component is absolutely essential for job seekers. While it might seem as though your interviewer is simply being polite by asking if you have any questions, don’t be fooled. The evaluation isn’t over. And your choice of questions can tell an employer a lot about you.
In an effort to help you plan for your next interview, we’ve rounded up the top three best and worst questions to ask an interviewer.
How would you describe your ideal candidate?
This type of question shows that you’re not just eager to get the job; you’re also thinking about what skills are necessary to excel in the role. Moreover, it’s a question that gives you the opportunity to discuss any details about your skills/experience that you might have missed during the main interview period.
How does this position fit into the company’s long-term goals?
Asking about a company’s long-term plans demonstrates big-picture thinking, something that many employers are looking for. It also gives you a chance to learn more about the position and which departments or individuals you could be working with.
What can I do for you as a follow-up?
The more information you find out about the hiring process the better. Asking what you can do as a follow-up encourages the interviewer to let you in on the process and who the stakeholders might be in making the final decision.
Are you willing to adjust the position’s hours or salary?
It’s perfectly fine to inquire about an organization’s daily work schedule or to discuss your salary expectations. But try not to lead with a question that indicates that you’re looking to make demands right away.
How much time off will I get?
A job interview is not the time to ask about time off. Once you’ve received a formal offer from a company, feel free to ask about their vacation time, health benefits packages, etc. But asking during the interview sends the message loud and clear that you’re not serious.
Do you do background checks?
Even if you’re simply curious about an organization’s hiring process, it’s never wise to ask about their background checking procedures. As soon as you ask, it seems as though you have something to hide. And you really don’t want to raise any red flags unnecessarily.
To learn more about how to ace your next job interview, contact Sparks Group today!