By Barbara Mitchell
Q: I tend to stumble when an interviewer asks if I have any questions. I know enough not to ask about benefits, compensation, or vacation days, but can you suggest some good questions to ask to make a good impression?
A: Before an interview, job seekers usually focus on preparing for the questions the interviewer will ask. But it’s also important to have a few insightful questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Most interviewers want you to ask questions, and your questions will be evaluated.
As you research the organization before your interview, take time to think about what you need to know to decide whether this is a place you want to work. Remember, it’s as important for you to like them as for them to like you.
Here are some questions you might ask a recruiter or anyone else you meet during the recruiting process:
As you research the organization before your interview, take time to think about what you need to know to decide whether this is a place you want to work.
These are good questions to ask the person who would be your manager:
You won’t be able to ask all these questions during the interview, but select a few that will yield the additional information you need to determine organizational fit and will help you impress the interviewer.
Barbara Mitchell is a human resources and management consultant and author of The Big Book of HR and The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook. Do you have a question you’d like her to answer in “Ask the Expert”? Send it to [email protected].