Interviews provide an opportunity to show off. You want to take every chance to highlight the unique experience you can bring to the company. If the interviewers give you time to talk, take it.
Which brings us to the end of the interview. You’ve handled the introductions and the small talk without blurting out anything embarrassing. You’ve weathered the what’s-your-biggest-weakness-style trick questions. Now, they turn to you and ask, “Do you have any questions for us?”
The tone here is often casual, perfunctory. It’s the end of the interview. They seem ready to stand up and show you to the door. Should you really prolong this anymore?
Yes! But be strategic about what you want to say. These questions give you an opportunity to steer the conversation. You can control this part of the interview. Make the most of it by picking the right questions (and staying away from the wrong ones).
Do Ask an In-Depth Question About the Company
Employers want value. They want people who go the extra mile (the extra 10 miles, really) and they are looking for workers who will do more than the minimum requirements.
Show off that skill by doing extra research about the company. Find out some details about the special problems the company faces and frame a question that demonstrates that knowledge, as well as some of your own value-added analytical thinking.
Don’t Ask About Salary
The basic relationship between company and employee is financial in nature. You work, they pay. But employers want to know you have other motivations. Whether it’s loyalty or pride or ambition, companies want to see other aspects of your personality, if only because it signals you’ll give your best no matter the situation.
Don’t undermine your chance to demonstrate these qualities by prematurely bringing up salary. There will be ample opportunities to negotiate later.
Do Ask About Long-Term Advancement Opportunities
Companies need workers. But they are looking for long-term members of their team. More than just looking for someone with the minimum skills to help them now, they want someone with long-term potential too.
Signal this by showing your interest in the long term. You don’t just want to come in and grab a pay check. You are hoping to stay there for a career if possible.
Find out what advancement opportunities they offer. It’s good information for you and shows them you are more than a paycheck player.
Don’t Ask About Time Off
Similar to the paycheck issue, you don’t want to seem selfish in the initial interview. If the interview goes well, there will be many chances in the future to get the details about leave and sick time.
Don’t give the impression that time off is a big concern of yours. You want to come off as enthusiastic and committed to the company’s goals, not someone who just bides time between Florida vacations.
Do Ask About How to Impress
The interview will likely include some information about the job description and the day-to-day routine (if not, that makes a good follow-up question too). But you don’t just want to achieve. You want to overachieve. At least, that’s what you want them to go away thinking.
So, ask them about that directly. “What performance in this position would you find impressive?” The goal here is to show you are committed to next-level performance and give them the opportunity to lay out some further details about the position.
Interviews are easier when you match well with a potential employer. Recruiters make this more likely. By vetting both the companies and the candidates, top staffing firms, like LaborMAX, successfully pair the right people with the right jobs. Contact LaborMAX today to find out more.