“So, do you have any questions for me?”
This question can make even the most confident candidate nervous, and unfortunately produce the occasional “deer in the headlights” reaction. As a candidate, you might think that if you ask too many questions, you’ll come across as annoying or even clueless. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. You should always be prepared with questions and here’s why:
Creates a Conversation
If an interview feels like an interrogation with a Q&A section at the end, you’ve got the wrong approach. As the interviewer asks questions, follow up with your own. By asking clarification questions and truly engaging in what the interviewer is saying, you show the interpersonal and communication skills that management and customer-facing roles often require.
Interviewers like seeing a candidate who takes the initiative to research a company before an interview. A quick google search can provide you with an idea of a property or restaurant’s volume, history, and clientele. With this information, you can ask specific questions that will not only give you a deeper understanding of the role but show the interviewer that you took the time to prepare. Also, if you’re afraid that you might not remember what questions you want to ask, it’s perfectly fine to bring some notes to the interview.
Simply showing up to the interview is not enough to convince your interviewer that you are really interested in the position. Many employers are wary of going through the interview process and offering a job if they’re not sure a candidate is serious. So ask questions to show you’re really considering this as a long term career move. Ask about how their business operates, their company culture, and the specific job duties..
Gives You Direction
Don’t wait until the end of the interview to ask questions. Dig for early for role-specific information, then you can identify which of your experiences to focus on during the rest of the interview. Ask questions like “What is the most challenging part of this role?” or “How will this role’s success be measured?”. This helps you zero in on which skills the interviewer is looking for.
Informs Your Decisions
An interview is just as much about you getting to know the company as it is about them getting to know you. Get a clear picture of the company culture, their long-term trajectory, and what they expect from this role. Then, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not this is even an opportunity you want to pursue further. You can ask the interviewer about their own journey with the company and what their growth has been like.
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