We have all been there, the job interview. No matter how prepared you feel there is always a sense of dread when it comes to asking the right questions. You don't want to appear uninformed and yet you also don't want to appear unprofessional by asking inappropriate questions. There is a fine line but there are a few standard rules that can be applied when it comes to making a good first impression.
You have done your home work and are prepared for the interview but for many, the interview process in the most difficult to get through. Having a few well planned questions will help improve the flow of the interview and show your potential employer that you are proactive and ready to become part of their team.
Of course each interview will require some individual prep work on the company doing the hiring, for example, how long they have been in business and who are their competitors etc. However there are benefits to having a list of questions prepared, and generally you can use the same format for all companies that are in the process of interviewing you. Asking questions can create a good impression showing responsibility, initiative, and readiness.
What To Ask
The first question involves the specific job duties and tasks. Though you may have an idea of what is required in the position you are applying for, here is where you can ask additional questions as the interview progresses. These could include when are the busiest times of the day, will your workload increase after time, what are the hours of work required for the position, and if there is shift work involved. You may know the answer to some of these already but asking them will show you are interested in the bigger picture.
Another great question is about advancement within the company. Asking about promotions from within and potential advancements are relevant questions and show that you are dedicated to working towards goals and looking to be successful in their employ.
Asking about employee benefits and salary are trickier but will a little finesse, can be discussed without appearing paycheck happy. You will already have a good idea of the available transit and parking but you can now ask about if the position has any special requirements such as safety glasses. Are there additional certifications recommended?
At this point you can ask about any employee benefit programs available. Test the water with this question. If you feel the interview is going well then by all means broach the subject but don't focus too many questions here. Interest in the company is what you are striving for not what the company will do for you.
Now the subject of salary. Some employers expect the interviewee to ask, and others may see it as a downside, and you may only be concerned with picking up a paycheck. If the salary for the position has not been stated then now is the time to inquire. In doing so, use the phrase "salary," as it tends to sound more professional than pay, money, or even paycheck.
Positive and Professional
These are just a few of the many questions that you may want to consider asking during your job interview. They can be tailored to each interview and you will have a good indication early on if you can expand on any questions as you go forward.
To ensure that you are able to impress your interviewers, have the questions ready ahead of time and do a few practice runs so you will appear at ease and confident.
To be the best qualified applicant for the position you need to make a lasting impression and be willing to sell your skills in your interview. Show the employer what you can do by engaging them professionally with confidence and with style.