Today's Date is December 6, 2013
Finding out what you want to know about the company, its products, services, people, and work environment will be important. Asking good questions during the interview allows you an opportunity to continue selling yourself. Have a list, don’t cross-examine, make them job related, ask questions that require an explanation.
- Interest questions pertain to: job opportunity, the company, its people, its product/services.
- Job-satisfaction questions relate to: importance of job, responsibility and authority, recognition and career potential
- Past-performance questions concentrate on people who previously held the position, their performance and where they are today.
Past Performance Questions
Why isn’t this position being filled from within the company?
- You may discover that nobody in this organization would accept it or that your future fellow employees are a weak lot.
How many people have held this job in the last five years?
Were they promoted or did they leave the company?
- If the turnover has been high, you have a right to suspect that the job may leave something to be desired. Or it could mean that you can expect to be promoted quickly.
How did you get started in the company?
- A good way to get to know the interviewer better and gain insight into the promotional path the company follows.
What are examples of the best results produced by people in this job?
- Here you may discover you are overqualified or in a position to ask for considerably more money.
- Sales questions help you determine the kind of person the employer wants to hire in terms of education, experience, future performance and personality. When you understand the kind of person the employer wants to hire, you can say, “I can do the job you want done because I did it before and I did it well.”
- Ask for the job. Summarize what you’ve done that ties in with the new position and, “Do I have the qualifications for which you are looking?” then state “I can do what you want done and I want the job!”
- Avoid questions relating to salary, fringes, vacations and retirement until the job is offered and you accept.
- ALWAYS SEND A FOLLOW-UP LETTER.
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