SACRAMENTO (JobJournal) -- Many jobseekers walk into an interview ill-prepared, expecting the employer to ask all the questions. However, the most important questions of the interview might be those that the applicant asks. According to Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker, and author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring (John Wiley & Sons), "Asking smart questions will help the jobseeker sound articulate, well prepared, and genuinely interested in working for the organization."
Myers suggests jobseekers include these questions in the interview process:
1. What more can you tell about the job's responsibilities?
2. Where do you see this position going in the next few years?
3. How can I most quickly become a strong contributor within the organization?
4. What are the most challenging aspects of the job?
5. How will my performance be evaluated, and how often?
6. What particular aspects about my background and experience interest you?
7. What makes you think I will be successful in this job? What causes you concern about my candidacy?
8. Now that we've had a chance to talk, how does my background measure up to the requirements of the job? To the other candidates?
9. Where are you in the hiring process? What's our next step?
10. If I don't hear from you within ____ weeks, would it be okay to call you?
"It is always best for jobseekers to prepare thoroughly for an interview by studying and practicing both the answers and potential questions," counsels Myers. "The time one invests in this process pays off with more --and better --job offers.
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