Friday, August 13, 2010

Do you have any questions?

That moment that you walk into an interview can be daunting. You don’t know what kinds of questions the interviewer might ask you. And as soon as you finally get though of the interviewers questions, they ask you the big question. “Do you have any questions?”

The important thing is not to worry. Remember that you are not the only one being interviewed. You are also interviewing the interviewer. Bring questions with you to the interview. It’s okay to have them written down. Having your questions prepared exhibits good preparation on your part to the employer. Preparation is a competency that most employers look for.

How do you prepare for these questions? Most people know the general questions that we have been taught from our parents, career services, or friends. “When can I expect to hear from you?” or “Why is this position available?.” These are still great questions, but don’t forget that you are also doing the interviewing. Also use questions that directly affect what you’re looking for in a company.

Write down 3 things that you’re looking for in your next career opportunity. Now that you’ve done that, starting thinking of questions that you can ask that would allow you to know if this is a career that would be satisfying. For instance, if you value a fun environment, ask a question geared towards the day to day duties or about the culture. Once you think of all the questions that you have developed, write it down. Take your questions to your interview. Now the interviewer knows that you are engaged, prepared, and ready for the career opportunity.