The way you conduct yourself during a job interview is viewed as a “sample” of your work. Everything you say and do is being judged because they don’t know you.
When you are asked if you have any questions during a job interview, your questions need to focus on three important things:
1. Clarification on the role and its job responsibilities.
2. Demonstrate that you have done some research on the organization and you want the job.
3. Demonstrate that you are a good fit for the job, that you are a good culture fit, and that you would be an asset to the organization.
To help show them you would be a great hire, don’t ask these questions:
#1. “Did I get the job?”
This question makes the interviewee appear impatient. A better way to ask would be, “Is there any doubt in your mind that I could not do the job?” This helps you address any concerns the hiring manager may have.
#2. “I heard this rumor about the CEO. Is it true?”
Gossip happens. If you are in a niche field, it happens a lot. Asking about the rumor(s) can put you in a classification that you do not want to be in. Plus, the rumors may not be accurate and associates you with a negative.
#3. “What are the benefits like?”
This is a great question, but not for your first or second interview. Wait until it is more clear that you will be receiving the job offer.
#4. “What does your company do?”
Google is your friend when looking for a new job. Use it. Questions like this can make you look unprepared.
#5. “Do you monitor emails or internet usage?”
This question will raise red flags, something you do not want to do in the interview. P.S. The answer will be yes, yes, they do.
#6. “Do you check social-media accounts?”
The answer is yes, yes they will. REMINDER, make sure your privacy settings are set high.
#7. “May I Arrive Early or Leave Late as Long as I Get My Hours In?”
During the interview process, you should be able to pick up their culture. Some companies do offer flexibility once trust is earned, but it is important not to touch on that topic during the interview process.
#8. “What happens if I don’t get along with my boss or coworkers?”
Conflict happens. A lot of times, their culture is the cause of continuous conflict. Glassdoor or even messaging people on LinkedIn who are past employees determine how conflict is handled. Do not feel lousy seeking unofficial references from a preceptive employer; they are doing the same with you. This is a SUPER important step. It can save you from having to update your resume sooner than you expected to.
#9. “How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?”
This question implies that you are not interested in the position that you applied to. Focus on the job in hand.
#10. “Would You Like to See My References?”
Interviewing is a two-way street. Keeping both parties engaged is essential. Offering up your references too soon may show a hint of desperation on your end. You also do not want to run the risk of overusing your references.
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