5 for Friday: Asking Questions Edition

Everything about your job search revolves around questions. Before you start a job search, there are some questions you should ask yourself. During the interview, there are certain questions you should anticipate from the interviewer and some you should be prepared to ask of the hiring manager. This week's 5 for Friday is designed to help you formulate excellent questions and answers during your job search.
  • What Should I Know Before I Change Careers? Lifehacker: “It goes without saying that before you can make a smooth move into a new career or field, you'll need the skills required to be applicable in that field. What's a bit more complicated is how to get those skills so you'll qualify for a new job in a new career, and beat back the competition to earn the job you've been dreaming of.”
  • 4 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Your Next Job Interview. Huffington Post: "Have some examples of the best you to bring into the interview, and the positive energy you show will make a great impression. You should also have a list of what makes you special that you can review frequently, especially before the job interview."
  • 20 Questions You Should Ask In A Job Interview. Business Insider: “An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It’s about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There’s so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer’s point of view. And that’s a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed.”
  • Dispelling Job Search and Career Myths. Daily Nation: “Should I discuss salary before taking a job? What is the best time to discuss this? Discussing salary is a tricky subject. It should be done before you take up the job to avoid disappointment when you get offered less than what you had expected. Salary discussion should ideally be done in the later stages of the recruitment and not too early. Knowing beforehand what you want helps in the negotiations.”
  • Short Answers to Common Career and Job Search Questions. Live Career: “Question #1- Can a prospective employer look up my previous salary numbers? In other words, if I'm asked about my last salary, will the employer be able to cross check my answer? Answer - Usually, no. But if asked about your previous salary, keep a few things in mind: 1) If you held a public position, your salary may be available to anyone willing to conduct a quick five minute Google search. And, 2) it's okay for an employer to ask you to propose a salary for the position at hand (see the question below), but it's not okay for an employer to expect you to provide salary figures from your last job. There's no need to answer this question, and if pressed, you're under no ethical obligation to answer honestly.”
       
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