Ask Vicki: What are the best questions to ask a job interviewer?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells job seekers which questions they should bring to the interview table.
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Q. What are the best questions to ask a job interviewer?
A. In recruiting, job seekers always used to ask me how quickly I was looking to fill a job. The answer was easy: now! The job wouldn’t be posted if the company wasn’t looking to fill it as soon as possible.
Another common one: When can I expect to hear back, and what are the next steps? This is a good question, because you want to find out if you’re in the beginning of the interviewing cycle or towards the end of it, and when the heck you will hear back.
But an even better question would be: Is it all right if I follow up with you by the end of next week if I don’t hear anything? This puts you in a proactive mode rather than a reactive one.
Lastly: Why is this position open? This question is important because it gives you a sense of what to expect from the company. If it’s a new position, then the department is expanding. If someone got promoted, then the organization recognizes internal talent. If someone got laid off, that’s another story! Always try to get the background details as to why the position’s open, and how long. If it’s been open for several months, that’s a sign the company can’t make a solid hiring decision, so don’t expect your interview journey to begin and end in a short amount of time.
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