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Questions to Ask (and Not Ask) During a Job Interview

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You made it through the hundreds of resume submissions—now what?  You guessed it; the next step is to ace the interview and move one step closer to getting hired.

The only problem is that many interviewees end up making costly mistakes during their interviews due to a lack of proper preparation.  But wait, it’s not like you’re a professional interviewee—mistakes should be expected, right?  Maybe, but then you should also expect not to get the job because you failed to prepare.

So let’s talk about a few of the crucial mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

  • One of the most common mistakes made by interviewees is not asking any or enough questions.  Not asking any questions during a job interview gives the impression that you are not a thought leader, that you are just a follower or worse, not interested in the position.  That is not the type of impression that you want to make, especially if you really want the position.
  • Another fatal mistake made by interviewees is failing to conduct comprehensive research on the company.  It goes without saying that every job seeker should learn as much as possible about the company that is interviewing them, but yet, a surprising number of prospects neglect to do so and put themselves at a huge disadvantage before they’ve even walked into an interviewer’s office.

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Okay, let’s say you’re armed and loaded with questions, and you’ve done your homework on said company. At this point, you may be wondering what type of questions you should be asking during the interview.  Before examining the type of questions that you should ask, it may be best to focus on the type of questions t you shouldn’t ask.  For one, you are advised against asking about vacation days, sick days or holidays, compensation or pay raises.

Let the prospective employer initiate salary discussions. It is OK to give a range, or to ask what they feel the range is for the position. However, it can be a turnoff if you are the one to initiate the subject of salary.

Now that you know some of the questions that you do not want to ask during a job interview, you may want to focus on some of the questions that you can ask, or at least ones that are considered “safe,” to ask.  One of those questions is about the average workday or workweek.  For instance, ask if you were hired for the job, “What would your workdays or work life be like?” or “ What type of tasks would you be required to perform?”

  • Other questions that you may want to ask during a job interview are about the company’s future Are there any plans for expansion?  What is the company’s management style?  What are the prospects for growth and advancement? These are interesting questions that show that you want to work for a successful company, one that will be around for a long period of time.  Asking about the stability of a company gives a good impression of yourself, as it often means that you are also looking for stability.

The questions referenced above are just a few of the many that you may want to ask an interviewer during a job interview.  You are advised to use your best judgment when asking questions and remember as Ben Franklin once said — ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!’  That being said, the 1st step in your planning should include getting your resume UP TO PAR!   Contact us today to get started.

REDInk™ Resumes was developed by recruiters and visual designers, and we know what you need to make your résumé stand out among the competition. That’s not all – we’ll deliver all the development services you need to secure that interview – and get your dream job.

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