When You Head to the Interview, Bring Along Plenty of Questions to Ask

When You Head to the Interview, Bring Along Plenty of Questions to Ask
From Recruiter - November 10, 2016

Sometimes, the devil really is in the details. This is especially true when it comes to the questions you ask when youre looking for a job. Asking the wrong questionsor not asking the right questionscan get you into trouble when you least expect it. And it can be tricky to know when to ask which questions.

When Networking:

There are a few good rules of thumb to follow when it comes to asking questions during the hiring process. The first applies to networking. When you meet someone at a networking event, avoid asking if theyre hiring. Chances are good that theyre not, and if you ask this up front, you may send the message that youre not interested to get to know them unless they can give you something.

Do, however, askthe people you meet if you can stay in touch. Ask for their business cards. Ask to connect on LinkedIn. Ask to have coffee. Building relationshipsmay eventually lead you down the path of a new job.

When Researching Job Posts:

Another situation to be on the lookout for is when you find a job post youre interested in. When youre reaching out about a specific job, be up front about it. A hiring manager will want to know that youd like to be considered, so be sure to ask. Ask them if they have time to meet with you to discuss the position. Dont hint around and hope they get the drift. Be direct.

When Interviewing:

The most important place for questions is the job interview. Its truly amazing how much your questions can influence the outcome of an interview.


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