When you’re sitting in the hotseat of an interview, it’s natural to think about the immediate here and now: How do I answer all these questions, land this job, and negotiate the highest salary? Salary.com has plenty of resources to help you out. But at some point, the interviewer is going to finish grilling you, turn the tables, and ask, “So, do you have any questions?”
Asking good questions is important for several reasons:
It shows you’ve prepared for the interview and truly care about the position.
It shows confidence when negotiating salary, since you want to come from an equal position of strength, not desperation (you are interviewing THEM for the best fit just as much as they are interviewing YOU)
It increases the chance that you’ll actually be engaged and happy at your job, by looking a year or more into the future and making sure things beyond salary – culture, fit, career growth – are in place.
Average candidates will ask average questions, or worse, simple facts that could easily be looked up (Err, umm…how many employees work here?). And while you want your basic questions answered, here are four you might not have thought of, based on an interesting Future of the Workplace slideshow on Business Insider by Aimee Groth and Max Nisen.
Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...