Last week we covered tough interview questions and how to answer them.
Now we will talk about the questions to ask in an interview.
To prepare for a job interview, first look at the company website and the job description. Next go to LinkedIn and review the background of your interviewer. After that, research salary bands for the position. Then, start listing your skills and experience. Compare these skills to the job description, consider how you might add value to the company. The research will help you perform well in the interview.
Your goal is to stand out to the hiring manager and help them understand you. You also want to make sure the role and the company are a good fit for you.
One way to demonstrate your interest, make a good impression, and further your understanding is to ask powerful questions. At the end of the interview you will be asked for questions. This is your opportunity!
First step is to create a list of different types of questions. You won’t know what you will want to ask, until you see how the interview goes.
Second, accept that interviews take different directions. Hiring managers have a wide range of styles. There are many common interview questions. Think about what you need to know. Also, where you would like to move the conversation.
Below are examples of questions to ask.
Here is your chance to learn more. It is also your chance to clarify or add to an answer.
With these questions you can go beyond the job description
Company culture and management style
Note: In preparation you will have done research on this topic.
Information about the interviewer
I am very interested in this position.
A few final notes.
Debbie Matson is a Career Coach, Recruiter and Founder of CareerAmplify. She has an MBA from Cornell University and is a certified Executive Coach trained at Columbia University Teachers College. Her passion is empowering students moving from academics to full-time employment, and helping people at all stages of their careers find the next great job.
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