A Question you can be Certain the Interviewer Will ask…
You’ve made it to the job interview and you’ve prepared for all the interview questions that you anticipate being asked by the interviewer. You go in confident, chest up, and smiling for what feels like forever. The interviewer starts asking you questions about your skills and competencies and your behaviour in past work situations.
You’ve prepared and practiced answering behavioural interview questions . And you’ve practiced other difficult interview questions interviewers expect you to be prepared for. You feel confident and comfortable. You dabble into your past work experiences, events that define your leadership skills and qualities that make you a perfect fit for the position. The interview is almost over and then the interviewer asks you one last interview question. It’s the one you forgot about – “Do you have any questions for us?”
This is your window of opportunity – and it’s one that you really do not want to miss. Participating in the interview is one factor. But what distinguishes great job candidates from the others is when they actively participate with the interviewee by asking them questions. Not only does this demonstrate your sincere interest in the position, it also illustrates that you’ve done your homework on the company and the position offered.
Why it’s Important to Prepare Questions to Ask the Interviewer?
To succeed in a job interview in today’s job market, you, as a job candidate, must be engaged and actively involved in the interview process from start to finish. The way you demonstrate that engagement is by asking pertinent questions at appropriate times and by probing for more information.
A Job Interview is Your Opportunity to Interview the Interviewer
Many job candidates focus so hard on answering job interview questions well that they forget something very important - you are there to ask questions too. So now it's your turn! Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask this question have interview questions of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether the company and the position are a good fit for you.
- Asking the right questions at an interview gives you an opportunity to:
- Confirm that the job is a good fit for you and that you want the position,
- Make sure the interviewer has no reservations about you,
- Clarify and confirm your skills and competencies and how these fit the job requirements,
- Close the job interview.
What Are the Risks of Not Asking the Interviewer Any Questions?
If you don’t take the time to prepare questions to ask the interviewer you seriously risk coming across as someone who...
Really didn’t pay all that much attention and/or wasn’t all that “engaged,” during the interview,
Didn’t prepare before the interview and,
Is not really all that interested in the position.
What to Ask and What Not to Ask
When your interviewer wraps up your job interview by asking if you have any questions, you might think that they have finished assessing you. But that's not quite the case. Interviewers draw conclusions about you based on the questions you ask—or don't ask.
So it’s important to prepare good questions to ask the interviewer beforehand.
Interview TIP: Whether you intend it or not, each question you ask has the potential to reflect your knowledge of the company, your interest in the position, and your work ethic. Show the interviewer that you did your homework and that you’re prepared. Ask questions that are thoughtful, intelligent and cordial.
On the flip side, there are some questions that it's never appropriate to ask your interviewer. For example, asking the interviewer about salary before they’ve extended a job offer creates the perception that you are only motivated by money.
An important part of your interview preparation is making a list of good interview questions to ask the interviewer. If you don’t you run the risk of compromising your interview success. If you’re wondering which questions to ask the interviewer then download our guide to the good interview questions to ask the interviewer here. (It’s FREE)
What’s your experience asking interviewers questions? Help the rest of us out by sharing in the comments below.
THE INTERVIEW SUCCESS SERIES
This is part of the Interview Success Series. This series covers how job seekers can get the job they want. This series contains inside information from experienced recruiters.
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