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3 Weak and 3 Strong Questions to Ask During Your Interview

February 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

Whether you have a phone or face-to-face interview you will probably be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. It is always helpful to write down a list of questions that you would like answered prior to your interview. Your questions, for the most part, will be industry specific such as a recruiter may ask, "On average, per month, how many positions will I be responsible for filling?" Or a Network Engineer might inquire as to how many users rely on the network. Below are three weak interviewing questions that might make you look like you are making a feeble attempt at interviewing for the job.

1. What is the culture like? If you have been out of work for quite some time the interviewer might be wondering why you are so interested in culture when you really need to get back to work. In the end this question really can't be answered honestly as the interviewer will put a spin on their answer to attract or repel you. Most answers to this question are rote, such as, "Here a company ZIP we foster a culture of teamwork and excellent customer service to retain our clients". Company culture is defined by the sum of the company's core values which you should have discovered in your research of the company prior to coming in for the interview (or conducting it via phone).

2. Describe a day in the life of: insert title for position you are interviewing for Many recruiters may not be able to answer that question as they are usually not part of the team they are hiring you for. The hiring manager might be able to answer this question but they may find it off-putting to verbalize what is in the job description. Some people, whether they are the recruiter or hiring manager simply may be stumped to answer this question off the cuff.

3. How many vacation/personal days/sick days does the company provide? Any questions relating to the number of days for time off will put you in a unbecoming and somewhat lazy light.

Following are three strong interviewing questions that show you are interested in success for both getting the job and doing well once you have the job.

1. What are some of the bigger challenges and opportunities for this role?2. Do you see the department growing within the next year or so?3. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Stumped and can't think of any questions to ask. At the end of the interview if you are asked, 'Do you have any questions for me?' It's OK to say, 'Actually, during the course of our conversation you have answered all the questions that I had. I have no further questions.' There are no rules that say you HAVE to ask questions at the end of the interview.

Kelly Smith is a Corporate Recruiter Consultant. Kelly works alongside human resources and hiring managers to source, screen, review resumes, interview, negotiate and extend offers to thousands of candidates throughout her more than 15 years in staffing. Visit Kelly's web site at see her blog, view jobs, and visit her store to buy her book, The Recruiter's Hiring Secrets. Also, in the store link you can send Kelly your resume for her to review and to make recommendations from her corporate recruiter perspective. Happy Job Hunting!

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