Even if you dress the part, provide an impressive resume and ace every question that comes your way, a job interview can sour quickly if you respond with a “no” when the hiring manager gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Find out five assumptions the employer may make about you if you pass up your chance to ask questions during the interview.
1. You’re Not Interested in the Employer
Not asking questions shows a lack of interest in the position and the organization, implying that you may just be looking for any old job. Demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’re enthusiastic about working for the company by inquiring about future opportunities for career growth or asking about the company culture. Show your interest in the position by asking specific questions about job duties or relevant skills.
2. You’re Not Prepared for the Interview
By shirking the opportunity to ask questions, you’re making it clear to the hiring manager that you haven’t prepared for the interview. Take the time to read the job description carefully, and jot down any details that are unclear or items that you want to clarify. Feel free to take your written questions along to the interview so you don’t forget them.
3. You Haven’t Researched the Organization
Asking thoughtful questions about the organization shows that you’ve made the effort to find out more about the company, its products and services, and its employees. Take the time to research the company and its history so you can ask well-thought-out questions. Avoid asking questions that you can easily find the answer to with a bit of research.
4. You’re Not Intelligent
Hiring managers look for candidates who are intelligent and capable of independent thinking. By asking questions during the interview, you show that you are able to take what you’ve learned from your research of the company and apply it to the situation to create questions that are insightful. If you spot a news article about a recent change in the organization’s business procedures, ask the hiring manager how the new process is working for the agency.
5. You’re Not Looking Ahead
By asking questions geared toward the hiring process and making plans to follow up, you reinforce your interest in the position. Ask the hiring manager how soon you can expect to hear from him after the interview, and find out who you should contact in case you have additional questions.
Think of every job interview as a two-way street in terms of conversation. It’s not just an opportunity for the hiring manager to quiz you. It’s also a chance for you to learn more about the job, show your enthusiasm for the position and the employer, and present yourself as an intelligent and prepared candidate.
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