Questions To Ask Interviewer
Preparing a list of questions to ask interviewer can better prepare you when you attend a job interview. A job interview is a two-way street. While the interview presents an opportunity for a prospective employer to determine if you are right for the job his company has to offer, the interview is also your opportunity to decide whether the job is for you or not. Asking specific questions can help you ensure the job you're applying for is right for you.
- When to Ask. Allow your prospective employer to ask her questions of you first. Never interrupt to ask your questions. There may be times when a question you have fits into the context of what your prospective employer is asking. In this case, feel free to ask your question. Other than those specific circumstances, hold your questions until the end of the interview.
- Question About Pay. Questions about pay are acceptable. How much will I make an hour and when are we paid? are examples of questions pertaining to pay you might want to consider. If you have questions about bonus, you can ask them as well. Be clear on the rate of pay and payment schedule before you leave the interview. "Do you pay a shift differential? and "Do you pay holiday pay?" are other questions you might ask concerning pay.
- Questions About Benefits. Clarify any concerns or questions you have regarding company benefits. This means asking questions about health insurance, including how much will be taken out of your pay to be eligible for the insurance. If you have a family, ask about coverage for your family. Typically, human resources will go over your health benefits when you begin, but you may be able to get answers before you are hired. If insurance is important to you, be specific about getting your answers ahead of time.
- Questions About Time Off. Ask questions concerning taking time off. Do you offer sick leave or leave time? Are we paid for leave time? Ask questions to determine the company policies regarding days off due to illness. This includes any questions you have regarding vacation time as well.
- Questions About the Company. It is acceptable to ask questions about the company or even about your prospective employers take on the company. "How long has the company been in business" is a good question. "How long have you worked here? or "What do you like most about working for the company?" are also questions that can help you decide how you feel about taking the job.
- Other questions you might ask include "Who will my supervisor be?" "Who will I supervise?" and "Why is this job available?" You can also come up with questions to fit your specific needs, such as questions regarding company policies on providing flexible schedules for someone who has issues with childcare or working specific days and hours. You want the prospective employer to be impressed with you, but this is your opportunity to ensure you will be impressed with the job as well.