In today’s business culture, the interview process is a two-way street
Most job candidates feel considerable pressure during a job interview. But it’s important to remember that the interviewer has a responsibility that might not be obvious as well. Assuming you’re a strong candidate, it’s up to the person who is interviewing you to make the position seem enticing. If the organization becomes convinced that you’re the most qualified applicant, the last thing any interviewer wants is to create a negative impression.
Experienced jobseekers eventually come to the realization that certain aspects of the process tend to feel more like a chess game. While it’s important – and perhaps even expected – for the interviewer to ask a majority of the questions, there should be an opportunity for every applicant to address his or her own concerns toward the end.
In that spirit, here are sis questions every Branford Hall graduate, whether interviewing for a position in massage therapy or computer networking, should keep in mind. A consummate interviewer may wind up answering some of these questions along the way, but in the case that he or she doesn’t, it never hurts to be prepared.
- What would a typical work day be like? Chances are any interviewer will outline what your over-arching responsibilities would be, in which case a question like this may reveal some secondary duties you’d be well-served to brush up on. Better to know these minor details beforehand than to be caught off-guard your initial week on the job.
- What would my schedule be? Sometimes the answer to this question seems obvious. But depending on the position (e.g., fitness trainers and culinary arts professionals base a lot of schedules around their full-time clients) understanding specifics may help you prepare for the average work day accordingly.
- Is there room for advancement? In an entry-level position, any applicant’s focus should be on earning the job and gaining experience. Regardless, this question reveals a sense of ambition, and it may even motivate you by providing a sense of where the position might go.
- Who would I report to? It’s a safe bet an immediate supervisor will need to approve any recommended hiring decisions. As such, if the person you’re interviewing with is not an immediate supervisor, this question may provide some indication of whether the organization intends to move forward (by scheduling some time for you to meet with an immediate supervisor in the future).
- What type of salary does the position offer? It’s best to hold off on this question until the end of an interview, with the assumption being it might be covered in stride. That said, if an interviewer hasn’t covered salary, and there was no indication of potential salary or benefits in the ad that you responded to, it is certainly justifiable to ask.
- What’s the next step? This question lets the interviewer know that you’re interested, and it also keeps the process moving. Once you know what the next steps may be, you’ll have a timeline regarding when to follow up, what to include in your inquiry, and when it might be time to move on (in the unfortunate case a potential employer makes no effort to respond). Either way, you’ll be in a better position to assess the situation provided you know how the organization is planning to proceed.
For information regarding how to schedule and approach successful job interviews, visit Branford Hall’s Career Services Department.