Cindy Stephens Stephens International Recruiting, Inc.
You made it to the face-to-face interview and everything seems to be going great. Then, the hiring manager asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” All of sudden your mind goes blank. Most of us have been in that situation and how you respond can make a difference in the hiring decision.
First, it’s important to remember that interviews are an exchange of information. The job interview is not only for the hiring official to determine if you are the perfect person for the job. It is also a critical time for you to gather the right information to make an intelligent decision. You should be prepared with questions that show your sincere interest in the company and the position. This will help determine if the job is a good fit for you.
Prior to the interview, you should research the company and the job requirements. It is important to think ahead. Asking the hiring official questions shows your interest in the job and the company as a whole.
Here are some questions you may want to consider:
Also be prepared to respond to specific questions about your resume including gaps in employment, reasons for leaving, etc. However, be sure to never speak negatively about any prior employer, supervisor or company. Never stretch the truth, either, about possible discrepancies or vagueness in your responsibilities or salary.
Remember that it is up to you to convey enthusiasm, confidence, energy, motivation and technical skills during your interview. The interview is also your opportunity to exhibit excellent communication skills.
Don’t get caught with a blank stare when you are asked if you have any questions during an interview. Be prepared with questions for the hiring manager that shows your sincere interest in the company and the position. Remember to gather a lot of information so you can discover if this is a good fit for you as well as the company!
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