Interviewing the Interviewer

1 08 2011
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Under the pressure of making a good impression, it can be easy to forget that interviews are a two-way street. Interviews, especially early on in your employment search, can be an intimidating venture. It’s easy to find yourself so focused on answering questions that you forget to ask some of your own. The best time to ask the questions is at the end of the interview, as some of the answers may be covered as you and the employer talk.

To avoid completely drawing a blank, take note of the questions you want to ask prior to your interview. Make sure you pay attention throughout the interview for information that has been covered, as not to make the interviewer for over the same information twice. If you feel some information was only partially covered, ask the employer to expand on the topic.

The following are a few good basic questions to ask:

  • What is the compensation for the job?
  • What is the potential for growth within the company?
  • Is the position hourly or salary?
  • Are benefits included?
  • Do you have to pay for parking?
  • What is the dress code?

In addition to the technical employment questions, it’s good practice to ask a few questions about the company. This helps show the interviewer they have your attention and that you are interested in the company as a whole (and not just your position). Remember to ask the questions at the appropriate times so you don’t breakup the flow of the interview and don’t be shy about asking your questions. An interview is the time for both sides to see if the other is a good fit.

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