Knowing the Right Questions to Ask During An Interview

As promised, here are the questions that Alesia Benedict of advises interviewees to ask during an interview. You can never have too many tools in your toolbox and you can never be over prepared for an interview.

Here goes, the 6 questions NOT to ask in a job interview, according to Alesia:

1. Do debrief after the interview: Take a few minutes to review on your own what went well and what could be improved. If appropriate, include additional clarification about your skills in a follow-up thank-you note.

2. Do express interest in the company’s initiatives: Show off what you’ve researched about this company prior to the interview by linking your skills and work history to corporate projects.

3. Do speak positively about prior workplaces: It can be tempting to bring up negative attributes about employers or co-workers, but this is not the time to identify that as your reason for leaving. Focus on more positive reasons for leaving, which might include a need to reach your full potential or to seek out new opportunities for growth.

4. Do use every phone or email contact as if it were part of the interview: Essentially every contact is part of the screening process. Practice what you want to say so you are prepared for the unexpected call. For some people, it helps to stand while talking to convey a greater presence or sense of personal power.

5. (I like this one a lot!) Do prepare for the interview: Compile a number of job history anecdotes that exemplify your strengths and help you respond readily to interview questions.

6. Do end the interview on a positive note: Say something like, “Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today. My talents and experience represent an asset to your organization and I would be a committed member of your team.”

Have a great weekend!  What did you do today?


One thought on “Knowing the Right Questions to Ask During An Interview

  1. Pingback: Top Post #9: Don’t Ask the Interviewer the Following Questions | Career Advice 101

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