In­ter­view­ing for a job?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS - Diane Stafford

Feel free to ask ques­tions in a job in­ter­view. Just make them good ones. Don’t waste an in­ter­viewer’s time by ask­ing what the job pays or how much va­ca­tion you’ll get. Well-re­searched ques­tions about the com­pany or the job are en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate. In fact, they may help you stand out from other ap­pli­cants.

It’s a given that you should go into a job in­ter­view with prac­tised re­sponses to ques­tions you ex­pect to be asked. But you also should be ready to turn the ta­bles.

Then sit back and lis­ten for sin­cere, com­plete re­sponses. If your ques­tions get blown off or the an­swers are eva­sive or trou­bling, you may want to re­assess the job’s de­sir­abil­ity. Con­sider ask­ing: Could you de­scribe the cor­po­rate cul­ture here? What are the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion like? Do em­ploy­ees feel em­pow­ered to make de­ci­sions? What is turnover like in this com­pany (or job)? What are this or­gan­i­sa­tion’s big­gest strengths or chal­lenges? What per­sonal growth op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist in this po­si­tion? What do you like most about work­ing here? What types of per­son­al­i­ties tend to thrive here? Why would I pre­fer to work here in­stead of your com­peti­tor XYZ? If you’re in­ter­view­ing two can­di­dates with com­pa­ra­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, what would give the edge to one of them? Be ready, too, to ask about the fac­tors fu­elling cur­rent growth in the in­dus­try. If it’s not clear, ask who you’d be re­port­ing to. Is it pos­si­ble to meet that per­son? You might even ask if you could meet your prospec­tive peers who re­port to that per­son. Choose the queries that are most rel­e­vant to you. Good ques­tions show you are in­formed and their an­swers help you make your decision.

—MCT

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