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7 Questions for the Candidate to Ask

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Congratulations! You’re through the first hurdle, your foot is in the door, and you’re ready for your interview. Now, it’s time to prepare. With an updated resume in hand, and company knowledge at your fingertips, you’re ready to go, right? Not so fast; there’s something missing –  your list of questions to ask the hiring manager.

Believe it or not, you can score major points if you ask the right questions. Failure to do so may show your lack of interest or inability to prepare. Furthermore, you need to stand out to compete in today’s job market. It’s your opportunity to evaluate your compatibility with the organization by asking a few of the following questions:

Pop the Question/s

1. Is this position new, or has someone left the job?

The answer will allow you to determine if you will have the freedom to create the position from the ground up or step into the preexisting job with no room for change. Some candidates prefer to jump into established situations while others enjoy the opportunity to use their skills and creativity to mold the position. Which do you prefer?

2. Can you tell me anything about the company culture?

A hiring manager’s view of the company culture may differ from that of an employee. You may ask to speak to team members.

3. What are the essential qualities one needs to be effective in this position – the ideal candidate?

The answer may uncover further job details, not in the job description.

4. What are the expectations for this position for the first 30-60 days?

Once you know the company’s expectations, you can decide if they are realistic, achievable, or impossible to reach in a short time span.

5. With whom will I be working?

It’s nice to know if you will be part of a team, and how their skill sets impact company value. If the position is managerial, you may learn the inside scoop regarding team members.

6. Will I be working with other departments?

Successful companies work collaboratively. Depending on the company size, it may be necessary to interact with other departments. For instance, if the position is marketing-related, you may communicate with the graphic design or editorial departments. A smaller company may need you to work independently and wear several hats.

7. What are the next steps in the hiring process?
Answers to this question will give you an idea of how long it may take for the company to arrive at a decision, or if there will be subsequent interviews.

An essential step in the interview process is preparation – not only for being interviewed but also for asking questions. What’s more, asking questions will not only demonstrate your interest, but will give you information beyond the scope of the job description, and allow you to make an informed decision.

AllianceStaff is your resource in the job seeking and interview process. We connect candidates with the best companies in the Greater Milwaukee area every day. It’s our specialty. Come on in, give us a call or contact us online. You’ll be glad you did.





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