Questions To Ask On A Job Interview


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By: Jimmy Sweeney

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Effective Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

Knowing what questions to ask on a job interview is often more an issue of knowing which questions are NOT acceptable to ask on a job interview. Typically, there are three categories of questions that you should not ask if you wish to make a good impression on the interviewer. The first category of questions that you should avoid if possible is the subject of money. During your job interview, no good can come from asking how much the job pays, how much the manager makes, how the bonuses and incentive structure works or anything of that nature.

Sure, it seems strange to think that of all the questions to ask on a job interview, the ones which are of the most importance to you are off limits, but that is the way job interview work. Job interviews, you see, are founded in a large part on a pleasant fiction. You and the interviewer both try to pretend that you are interested in the job for its own sake, not money. You pretend that you are motivated by challenge, professional growth, being part of a team and similar drives. The interviewer pretends that he or she is part of a team that is looking for people who go to work each day in order to display and cultivate their professionalism. The reality: that if it weren’t for the paycheck you wouldn’t leave your home until noon, has no place in the interview process.

More Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

Another set of questions to ask on a job interview that you should avoid includes anything related to the shortcomings of the existing team. Even though the company is looking to hire a new person because the current members are all addicted to sniffing glue so heavily that they can’t stay awake longer than three hours at a stretch, the interviewer will never tell you that. He or she has loyalty to his or her team and does not want to be put in the embarrassing position of having to say disparaging things about his or her people. The last set of questions NOT to ask includes questions that you could easily find the answer for with a bit of research before the interview. Asking these questions makes you look stupid or lazy, perhaps even both.

If you avoid these kinds of questions to ask in a job interview, you should be fine. What issues or questions came up for you as you researched the company? What do you need to know for sure before you could commit to the company? These are good questions to ask. Also it is good to ask questions that give the interviewer’s personal opinion, such as asking why he or she came to the company. These can give a more candid appraisal of the company’s worth, as well as get the interviewer talking about him or herself for a bit of a break from the interrogation of an interview.





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