One of the biggest mistakes candidates make during a job interview is not asking questions of the person conducting the interview. You should not be asking questions about salary and benefits at this point in the process – your interview is a chance for the hiring manager to meet you and see if you can do what you say you can do on your resume. Asking about money is a mistake because it makes you look like you are only interested in the dollars.
Having a list of questions to use during a job interview will give you an advantage over other candidates. The more questions you have ready the better, since some of them will be answered during your interview. Some questions should be specific to the company (since you will be doing research on the company) but some can be more generic and apply to any job interview you have. Here are some suggestions:
- Why is the position open?
- How long has the position been open?
- Where is the person who had this job before me?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the person in this job?
- What are the three most important duties and responsibilities of this position?
- What is the culture of the company?
- What is a typical day in the life of the person in this job?
- Does the company offer training and education programs for employees?
- Is there room to grow in this position and the company?
- Why do you like working at this company?
- How long have you been at this company, and how long have you been in this position?
A little bit of research will help you stand out from the crowd of applicants and having some well thought out questions will definitely give you an edge over everyone else.