By Gerrit Hall
If you're a job seeker, then you know all about job interviews. You know what to wear, when to show up, and the answers to the toughest questions that are bound to come your way.
One surprising thing that not every job seeker knows about interviews is the fact that an interview is a two-way street. Just like an informational interview, a job interview should end with both interviewer and interviewee feeling informed.
What does this mean?
When a job interview is effectively a two-way street, the job seeker interviews the interviewer and gains more information in order to make an adequate decision about whether or not the position is a good fit for them.
Additionally, many career experts believe that, when an interviewee becomes the interviewer, a hiring manager learns more about who that person is. It makes sense. After all, an interviewee's questions tell an interviewer how interested they are in the position and how much research they did prior to the interview.
When can I interview the interviewer?
Sometimes the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" at the end of the interview (and sometimes they don't). Take charge by asking questions whenever they fit in with the flow of conversation.
A word of caution: Do not ask redundant or simple questions that can easily be answered by a company's website. While you think you're sounding interested and invested, you're actually just wasting your interviewer's time.
What are the best questions I can ask during an interview?
The key to asking the right questions is to pay attention and do your research. If you can't find any hard facts you're dying to know, ask an open-ended or an opinion question that can have multiple answers.
While every interview is different, check out these 10 questions you'll want to keep in mind come interview-time:
- Where do you think this company is going in the next decade?
- Is this company open to ideas from their staff?
- What happened to the last person who held this job?
- Who does this position answer to?
- What do you most enjoy about this company? What makes it unique?
- What is the typical day-to-day like for this position?
- Does this position have the possibility of relocating?
- Who does this position work with?
- How can this position grow?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
What do you think? What other questions should a job seeker ask at the end of an interview? What questions should they avoid? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Gerrit Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Gerrit has successfully combined his passion for computer science and the careers space by helping job seekers write the best resume possible. Gerrit is a regular contributor to the startup advice site Bootstrapper, hosts the "Vital Topics" panel of the Road2Shambala podcast, and spearheaded the 2log competitive blogging platform. You can connect with Gerrit and RezScore on Facebook and Twitter.
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