Interview Questions: Dos and Don'ts
by Stacey Lane
You've done your homework, and you're prepared to answer questions
during an interview. But are you ready to ask questions of your
interviewer? What are the "Dos And Don'ts" of asking the right
questions of your interviewer to assess that the company and the
position are right for you.
You've done your research and you've brushed up on recent company
developments. You've found out who you'll be interviewing with – one of
the questions you should ask when you're first contacted – "Who will I
be interviewing with?"
You've even received a more thorough job description (Nice job –
That's another great question to ask – "Is a more detailed job
description available?") You've studied the organizational chart and
made a few notes. (Again – smart move – being familiar with an org
chart ahead of time can aid you in preparing relevant questions.)
Now what? Be prepared to take notes. Don't rely on your memory to
recall their answers to the questions you've prepared. Jot down key
phrases and words. Focus on asking insightful and relevant questions
that will help you decide whether this is the right company, boss,
team, and position for you.
About the position:
What are the key things you'd like a new hire to know?
What do you see as the key focus of this position for the next six
months? The next year?
What key attributes or characteristics will make the person in this
What are the major challenges that this position faces in the next six
to nine months?
Is this a new position? – or – What happened to the last person who
held this position?
About your co-workers and supervisor:
What are the short term and long range goals of this
What are the major strengths of the team in place?
What are the weaknesses/opportunities for improvement? (Ask this of
other team members, if possible.)
Can you tell me a little about your managerial style? (Ask others to
describe your potential supervisor's style too.)
Can you tell me a bit more about the people with whom I'd be working
Ask about new products and services, or trends in the market, but have
some basic knowledge about the company's history, position in the
market, management team and competitors.
The hiring process:
Where are you in the hiring cycle?
How many people have you interviewed so far?
How many do you plan on interviewing before making a decision?
What are the next steps in the hiring process?
Do Not Ask...
Don't ask about benefits or vacation time. Save those questions
until you're offered the position. Don't ask questions that you should
know the answer to already such as, "Who named the company?" or "What
does this company do?" Do your homework otherwise you might appear
Don't ask personal questions of the interviewer, except to inquire
about what they like best about working for the company.
Ask whatever you need in order to determine whether it's a fit for you.
Stacey Lane, MS, CPCC, loves the challenges of working with bright and
talented professionals who are struggling with their career direction
and reaching their potential. Using an innovative four step process,
Stacey specializes in helping clients develop smart career strategies.
For more: http://www.staceylane.net
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