May 10, 2011
By Angela Rose, Hcareers.com
Most of us get a bit nervous when being interviewed, especially if we really want the job we’re interviewing for. After racking our brains for the best answer to difficult questions such as “What is your greatest weakness?” and “What do you hope to gain from a position with our hotel?” (money, duh), we may find ourselves dumbstruck. Then comes that inevitable, terrifying pause when the interviewer says, “Are there any questions you would like to ask me?”
Many job seekers blurt out “no,” thank the interviewer for his or her time and make a hasty exit. If there is more than one candidate up for the position, you cannot afford to do this. Asking your own thoughtful, informed questions at the end of the interview is a powerful tool you can use to make yourself memorable.
If you wish to be remembered favorably, avoid questions pertaining to topics already discussed (as though you have not been listening) or questions with answers that can be found through a quick Google search (as though you have not done your homework). Instead, ask questions that prove you’ve spent time learning about the organization. Here are five, customizable for just about any position, to get you started.
The job market is competitive. Making yourself memorable through the questions you ask in the interview will ensure you’re considered a top candidate. Show them you’ve done your homework and the job you really want could be yours.
About the Author
Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Hcareers.com.