Most of us tend to think that an interview is all about fielding the many volleys and questions thrown at us, but that’s not so. In these times, asking questions is as important as answering them. However, this brings up the question – what does one ask?
Interviews are a challenge at any stage in one’s career, but as a new entrant into the job market, questioning a potential employer can pose a major conundrum.
According to the My First Job Survey we conducted recently, the biggest interview mistake that the young talent polled thinks they made was not asking questions in the interview (33%).
Asking the right questions can help you stand apart from the crowd. It also gives you an opportunity to find out more about the role and the company you’re applying to.
So the next time you head into an interview, consider asking any of these six key questions:
The answers to these questions are as important as the questions, so listen up. Your interviewer is showing you the path ahead in clear words – what you should be focusing on and how they would like to see you perform.
As a thumb rule, avoid asking “me” questions, questions that put you ahead of the employer. An interview is the time to convey to the employer how you can benefit the company, not how the company can benefit you. Keep the queries about salary, work hours, vacation time, health insurance and other details for later – when you get the job offer.
Ask only one question at a time so that you don’t overwhelm the employer. Overtly personal questions are a no-no. And make sure you don’t end up interviewing the interviewer: No more than three questions should be your note to yourself.
Asking questions when you are invited to indicate that you’re interested in moving the process along. If you’re lucky, you may just hear: No other step, you’re hired!
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