Job hunting usually isn’t a pleasurable task. And going on interviews can feel like going to the dentist. But the key to acing an interview is being prepared –not only with your answers but also your questions to your potential employer.
Make sure to ask the right questions. To do so, research the company thoroughly before your interview. This way you can ask pertinent and insightful questions. “Asking the right questions of a potential employer shows that you have done your homework, have come prepared, and are serious about the opportunity,” explains Joseph Price, co-founder and COO of Spotlight Parking and co-author of “Going Global On a Dime: The Entrepreneur’s Handbook to Tapping the Global Marketplace.”
Questions you should ask:
–The Skills Have It: “What specific qualities and skills are you looking for in the job candidate? This gives you a chance to access your capabilities in terms of the employers requirements. Demonstrate your listening skills by providing examples from your experience targeting the response,” says Price.
–Personality Matters: According to certified career coach Cheryl E. Palmer, owner, Call to Career, among the questions should be: “What kind of characteristics are you looking for in the candidate?”
–How Hard Is The Job: Before stepping into a minefield, get an idea of some of the work that will be facing you. Palmer says by asking: “What are some of the toughest challenges facing the person who will fill this position?” you get a measure the job´s difficulties.
–The Company 411: Find out what your employer thinks about her own company. Inquire: “What do you think distinguishes this company from its competitors or similar companies?” “Interviewing is a two-way street. Try your best to see if this is a fit for you, just like the company is trying to see if you are a fit for it,” says Price.
–The Future: Now that you understand the company, find out how your interviewer envisions the company´s future. Ask, says Palmer: “What is your vision for the organization?”
–The Final Question: No, it’s not about money. In fact, let your employer be the first to bring up money. Instead, go straight to the point. Price advises interviewees to ask: “Do I have the job?” “This is very important,” he stresses. “Once you have vetted the opportunity and determined it’s a good fit–ASK for the job. Many applicants do not ask for the position, which is what many employers look for in a solid candidate.”