Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It's your life and career so take charge when you're interviewing. You should always take charge and ask questions in an interview. In other words, interview the company!
Why be timid when you're interviewing? Isn't it just as important to you as it is for the company? Too many of you are interviewing like it's more important to the company to interrogate you than it is for you to interrogate them. Why?
When you're interviewing I want you to turn the table on the company. Put them on the "hot seat" and ask them questions. Of course you should always be polite and courteous to the interviewer, but you want to let them know this opportunity is very important to you. When you ask a lot questions it shows you take things seriously about your career. You don't jump into things.
As a professional recruiter I can tell you this without hesitation. Companies love it when a candidate asks a lot of questions and shows interest in their company. They like to see that you take your career seriously and you realize the opportunity has to be right for both of you.
If you're wondering what type of questions to ask the company, it's simple, ask the questions that are important to you. But this is key, DON'T ASK ABOUT THE COMPENSATION OR THE BENEFITS! Those questions will come later; first you have to find out if the opportunity is right for you. And that's the purpose of you asking a lot of questions. You want to make sure it's right for YOU.
Believe me, when you start researching the company and the position you will start to formulate a lot of good questions. So when you attend the interview you will be armed with questions to ask the interviewer. Remember, interviewing is a two way street
It's just as important for you to ask questions in an interview as it is for the company. I want you to take charge when you're interviewing! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!