A reader writes…
I know it’s always a good idea to ask questions to the employer during an interview, but which kinds of questions are okay and which are not?
Dear “DOs and DON’Ts,”
A career is like a marriage – it’s meant to be long term, it has its ups and downs, and it requires a lot of “getting to know one another” to ensure a good match.
Since we’re using matrimony as our analogy, consider this…
If marriage is like a career, then dating is like the interview. It requires open dialogue between both parties, shouldn’t move too quickly, and, well, can often become revealing!
And just like dating, if you ask the wrong things in an interview, it can be a real turn-off!
Here is a quick list of interview “DOs and DON’Ts” that may help you get the “I do” you’re looking for from an employer.
Interview DOs – (sample questions you should ask that show interest):
- What type of training does the company provide to groom and grow employees?
- What is the hiring manager’s management style?
- What does the potential boss like most about the company? What would he or she change?
- How is success evaluated? How frequently?
- What have current or former employees in this same position accomplished for the company?
- What would I be expected to accomplish within the next 6 months to a year?
- How long have employees worked here?
- Where did the potential boss start at the company? How long has he/she been with the organization?
Interview DONTs – (if you ask these upfront, the marriage is off!):
- What does your company do? (Do your homework in advance)
- How much does this job pay? (I know you’re dying to know… but save this for a later interview. You can research similar positions and “going rates” in advance).
- What are the hours? (Nobody wants to hire a clock watcher)
- How many sick days do I get? (Employers are looking for leaders not unhealthy couch potatoes!)
- How much time off do I get? (You haven’t even been hired and you’re already looking to be gone?)
- Do you do background checks or drug tests? (Uh… got something to hide?)
Follow these examples, and you’re sure to get hitched… oops, I mean hired!