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When you’re in a job interview, there will be the chance for you to ask some questions. Don’t leave this to the on the spot thinking. Not only does planning your questions ahead show that you’re interested, it will also show that you are organised and prepared. Here are six questions that you really need to ask at any job interview you have.
What Is the Salary?
This can be a difficult subject to approach. In most interviews, you will be asked about salary expectations, which is an opening to ask about the offer from the employer. Of course, a lot of the time it is now posted on the vacancy to reduce the amount of people unhappy with it. Be upfront, and ask about details, especially if it is commissions based.
What’s the Work Environment Like?
Find out more about the working environment, and people who already work there. You could ask about the number of staff who are already part of the company, and how it is laid out in the office space. Do you get your own office or will you have a cubicle? You may also want to know about how many people you will interact with on a daily basis, and how sociable the office is.
Do People Enjoy Working There?
How much do others enjoy working there? This is something you want to know. The last thing you want is to end up in a dead-end, soul-destroying job. It can be difficult to ask this in the interview, so try to catch some of the people who currently work there to find out the answer to this. Ask them to answer truthfully, as you want to make the best decision for you.
What Job Benefits Will You Gain?
It’s common to want to know about any job benefits. This is a tricky question, just like the salary expectations. Sometimes the employers will discuss this with you before the questions as they know it will be something you want to know. They may also have a list of the benefits on offer on their website.
What’s the Rest of the Application Process Like?
You need to know if there will be any more interviews, tests or anything else involved in the application process. This will give you an idea of how important the role is and whether the employer wants to hire someone quickly or the best person for the job. You will also get an idea of the number of applicants you’re fighting against.
When You Will Hear Back?
You want to know how long to wait before hearing anything about the interview. This will depend on the answer to the above question—as it depends on the amount of people needing to be interviewed. While asking this, find out whether you will hear back if you are unsuccessful. This is common courtesy at this point but not all employers will bother with it. Some will even pass it to agents to do.
Don’t walk away from your job interview without asking these important questions. Write them down before you go, so you don’t forget them. There may be others that you think of before you attend or while there, so make sure you ask them too. The more you know about the job, the more you know whether it is for you or not.
Did you have any job interview questions that you found important? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.
I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it. While history and weight loss are two of my favorite topics, I love writing about absolutely anything and even have fictional pieces in the works.