Do you have any questions? This question usually comes from the interviewer at the end of the interview. Too many job seekers miss a golden opportunity to come across as a thoughtful and interested candidate by not coming to the interview prepared to ask good questions.
Job seekers need to be able to demonstrate to the potential boss that they have really thought about the position and have some good, probing questions. But you also need to ask questions that will help you determine whether or not this is going to work out. After all, who wants to go through a job search in this job market only to have to enter the process again quickly because the position is a terrible fit?
So what are some good questions to ask of an interviewer? Here are three questions that are worth asking:
1. What kind of characteristics are you looking for in the candidate?
What is the advantage of asking this question? What would be your purpose for asking it in the first place? When the interviewer answers this question, it should give you some good insights into what the employer really wants in an ideal candidate. By listening carefully to the answer, you can determine whether or not you have made a solid case for yourself that you have those characteristics that the interviewer has identified. If you haven’t, you need to follow up by mentioning any of those characteristics that you did not previously emphasize.
2. What type of career path is typical for your employees?
Again, there is a specific reason for asking this question. If you are interested in upward mobility, you need to know what the answer to this question is. If the interviewer hems and haws and tries to get around a direct answer, you can be certain that there really is no career path. On the other hand, if the interviewer is able to clearly outline typical career paths at the organization, you can be reassured that you will have opportunities to grow and move up in this company.
3. How would you describe your management style?
This is a great question to ask. The reason is that it may give you some insight into how this person (who presumably is your potential boss) likes to operate. For example, if the interviewer says something like, “I like to monitor my people pretty closely to make sure that they stay on task,” what the person is really saying is, “I’m a micromanager.” It’s not likely that a potential boss is going to directly say anything negative about him or herself, but if you listen closely not only to what the person says but also to what the person doesn’t say, you may be able to pick up on cues that will tell you whether or not this is a person that you can work with.
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