Interviewing A Potential Employer
You're wearing a cool blue suit. Your hair looks good and your demeanor is fabulous. You've got an award-winning smile, a firm handshake, and posture that is unparalled. Not only are you ready for your job interview, you're excited about it. You're confident that no question from your potential employer, will get by you without a well-articulated answer. But what questions will you ask of your potential employer?
The job interview process is a two-way street. It is equally important for both the interviewer and job-seeker to evaluate how well the company, and the position being sought, fit together. Devising a list of pertinent questions in advance of the interview will not only help you better gather information from the interviewer, it will also showcase your talents, skill-level and knowledge of the business.
If you've used a set of questions to interview potential employers in the past, be sure to adjust the text for this particular company. The following are examples of questions you could ask potential employers during an interview:
- How much success did the previous individual have when he/she held this position?
- What are the most important skills needed to be successful in this position?
- What is the daily work environment like?
- What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
- What current challenges are you facing as a company leader, or manager?
- What is the organization’s biggest challenges today?
- What types of computers, computer equipment and software do you use?
- How do you handle job performance evaluations and how often?
- What are the company's goals for the next five years, and how does the position I seek, fit in?
A word of caution: Try not to ask questions that are clearly answered in an employer's job application, web site or any literature provided by the employer to you in advance. This would reveal inproper preparedness for the interview.
Also, avoid mentioning salary, health benefits, and other employee perks until those subjects are raised by the employer. Though an employer expects potential hirees to be interested in these matters, your focus on them may depict you as a misguided employee with the wrong focus.