The sentence that strikes fear into the hearts of interviewee’s everywhere. You’ve done your part in creating a great resume and cover letter, researched the company (and maybe even you’re interviewer!), and then just when you think you’ve nailed it…THE question is asked. Many job seekers go blank at this time, but that doesn’t have to happen to you. The key is preparation. This is a perfect time to shine and here are some tips on how to do just that.
NEVER SAY ‘NO’
You should always ask a question or two. Never respond with ‘No’ or ‘I think you’ve already answered everything.’ Show some enthusiasm and that you had been paying attention during the interview, not just going through the motions.
MAKE A LIST
While preparing for your interview come up with 10 – 15 questions you would feel comfortable asking. Some may be covered throughout the interview, but having a list to choose from will have you covered.
THINK BEFORE YOU ASK
Don’t ask questions where the answers can be easily found on the company’s website. The first interview isn’t for asking about salary, benefits, sick leave, etc. This is your time to shine, so ask questions that show you’re prepared and what you know about the role you are applying for.
ASK QUESTIONS WITH SUBSTANCE
Ask questions that require a full answer as opposed to a simple “yes” or “no”. Not only will you learn more but it makes the interview much more conversational.
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
Interviewers are trying to see if you’re the right fit for their company, and you should be doing the same. Ask questions that help you determine if you feel like you would fit in there. Keep it conversational!
– EXAMPLE QUESTIONS –
How would you describe the company culture here?
Why did the last person leave this position?
What does a typical day look like in this role?
How will my performance be measured?
What do you enjoy most about working at this company?