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The Reverse Interview

I find that in their haste to find and obtain jobs, many candidates are not very adept in securing the much needed great first impression with employers because of one main issue. They rarely show the interviewer their interest in the organization to which they are applying by having good follow on questions for the interviewer when asked the dreaded question, “do you have any questions for me?”
When asked by an employer if you have questions for them, you need to demonstrate that you have done your homework. Based on your knowledge of the organization (and yes you should be doing your homework for ANY job you go after), you should have formed questions that 1.) illustrate your working knowledge of the duties 2.) illustrate your knowledge of the organization and; 3) illustrate your desire to know things relevant to you for the most comfortable work or career experience. Once you jump into the job, you cannot be bitter because you failed to ask questions that may matter in the long run.
The reverse interview questions (your turn) should consist of those questions of importance to you. For instance, if you want to continue your education you should ask about education or training programs they may offer or if they pick up any education costs on behalf of the employee. One of the best pieces of advice I provide to my clients during interview consultations is to ask things of interest to them such as tele-work options (if you don’t want to drive 80 miles one way 5 days a week, this might be important to you). Maybe you want to know what the typical promotion track is so inquire if they have they set anything in place to ensure that if you follow a desired work ethic and display initiative that there may be a reward in it for you, (unless of course you don’t mind staying in the same position for 10 years). Do they offer mentor programs or peer to peer programs, (it’s important if you aren’t sure how to achieve the upward mobility or promotion track and need guidance from someone who can help). Why the position is open (be careful because if this position has been open repeatedly or continuously, there may be a reason e.g. horrible boss, gossipy co-workers, or overall poor working relationships, so potential employee beware). What about asking to whom do you report directly? This is important because if you established a great rapport with the interviewer and can’t wait to work with them you may be disappointed if you report in and end up with a bad boss, (too late now).
Quite often employees forget that an interview is a two-way street and you need to know if you will fit into their culture and if they will fit into your future. Happy hunting.


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