You.....on a Job Interview

Job interviewing is an interactive process.  While the bulk of the questions will be asked by the hiring manager, it is a good idea for job candidates to prepare to ask a few questions of their own.  In planning for the job interview, applicants should be sure to research as much as they can about the company, their mission statement, values, recent news and associates that work there.  This will give job seekers a good start in preparing questions to ask in the interview.   A good rule of thumb is for job seekers to ask questions that will help determine if the job aligns with their values. Below are some examples of questions a candidate may what to ask:

·         Why is this position open?

·         How often has it been filled in the past five years?

·         What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc.?

·         Do you foresee any significant changes with this company in the near future?

·         How is a person in this job evaluated?

·         What resources will I control?

·         How are goals set for this position?

·         How frequently will I meet with my manager?

·         How much freedom will I have to do the job “my way”?

Also, there are a few things job seekers may want to avoid during the interview:

·         Avoid asking questions that could be easily available on their company website.

·         Don’t ask multipart questions all at once.  Be sure to ask a concise and to the point question and wait for the interviewers to answer before asking another.

·         Avoid asking detailed questions about salary, benefits, etc. on the first job interview.  This should generally be done on the second or third meeting. 

Remember that typically employers will want to hire those they feel most comfortable with.  While interviewing can be a nervous experience, if candidates are prepared, it can help reduce their stress and encourage a natural flow to the interview process.  For assistance in finding your ideal job to interview for, please contact Blackwell & King at 888-745-3406 or visit Blackwell & King’s website. 

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