If you, as a candidate, are enthusiastic during an interview, the chance of getting hired is higher. An interview session is a place where you can figure out whether the job and workplace culture is a fit for you. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask the questions you prepare beforehand to the interviewer.
Here are the dos and don’ts that will help you get the most out of every question you ask:
- Ask your most pressing questions first. These could be about the culture, goals of your future team or how performance will be evaluated.
- Ask probing questions. Consider asking which personality traits are most common among the most successful employees, or what employees enjoy most about working there.
- Ask interviewers about their own career paths. For example, ask them how they decided to go into their field, or what steps they took within the company to attain their current position.
- Ask about challenges. What will make this job difficult? What will you need to overcome?
- Ask for their contact information and whether you can connect with them for further information.
- Don’t ask questions to sound smart. For example, interrupting the recruiter before he/she finishes their questions, just because you know the better option or better solution to the question asked.
- Don’t ask about something you could find online. This might make the recruiter think that you haven’t done your homework well. Remember that searching and researching information about the company before an interview is vital to your interview success.
- Don’t be unprofessional. You should limit yourself when asking questions even when the recruiter says that you can ask anything, NEVER ask about personal life, such as marital status, his/her personal salary, etc.
- Don’t push. If the hiring manager won’t answer your question, it’s best to leave it alone.
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