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Five Questions That Can Help You Land the Right Job

During the job interview, what you ask is critical to your chances of landing a dream job. Too often, job candidates feel so fortunate to have an interview that they neglect to spend enough time preparing well thought-out questions. You may not get a chance to ask these questions again, so be sure to maximize the opportunity. Read More

Now I know!

These are great questions. I live in a small town and can expecially relate to questions 2 and 4 because not only did I know the interviewer but her mother as well! I was nervous and chatty like you said might happen. I didn't get the job and I now know it was because of the very reasons you stated. They proably thought I would blab company gossip everywhere! I really appreciate your knowledgeable advice and I will keep future interviews professional no matter how well I know the interviewer. Thanks!

Helpful

Glad you wrote 'Avoid the kiss of death finale: “No, I think we’ve covered everything,”' because I had thought the opposite. From reading this article I realize I haven't been as prepared for the interview as I thought. Great to have this information.

Very Accurate

This is a spot on article. As someone who interviews potential employees, I'm astonished when there is neither interaction nor intelligent questions asked. Questions too often are about salary, benefits, etc. and show no interest in supporting the company. I would recommend this post to anyone who actually wants to get a good job.

Asking Questions is the only way to get a job

I also hire people, and I'd say 99.99% of the prospects are freaken clueless. They are only taking up my valuable time. They are to be hired to take care of a problem for me. You'd think they'd ask questions about what the problem is, and how important it is for me to get is solved. They really need to take a sales course, so they can understand the needs of the customer (which is "me").

You sound very arrogant.

You sound very arrogant.

Not losing any sleep over it

Sofia wrote:
You sound very arrogant.

I just hate having people waste my time. Prospects come into my office and expect me to treat them like they are my personal savior, when they haven't done their homework to even know what problem I want them to fix.

Yea… I know exactly what I want from an employee, so if that makes me arrogant, then so be it. I won't lose one second of sleep over what someone thinks of me. I have much more important problems to worry about, like how I'm going to pay my employees a regular salary.

Agree

The Annoymous is right re a "sales course" - job seekers should know how to "sell" themselves. This ability requires intelligence, so when I see someone properly selling themselves to me, I know I can at least count on that. Lynn Taylor offers a good set of questions - I'd be impressed to hear those in an interview.

Questions help

I have actually asked that in an interview a while ago - "What do you enjoy most about working here?" I didn't like the answer at all - it was vague, felt insincere, just didn't give me anything. I didn't take the job and later found out I escaped a career dead end. I enjoy a lot about my current job and I feel asking questions in interviews helped me to get here.

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Lynn Taylor is a workplace expert specializing in boss and employee dynamics; she is the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant

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