Job Interview-Business Communication Homework

When you're in the hot seat, there's a good chance that your interviewer will turn the tables at some point and ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" When you have the floor, you'll want to take full advantage of the opportunity to show that you've done your homework and determine if the job is a good fit. But it's imperative that you put just as much thought into what you ask as you do your responses to their questions. That's because your queries may reflect your knowledge of the company, work ethic, level of professionalism, and interest in the role. "In the first interview, you'll want to be sure to ask the right questions. Ask about the job and company; not questions that can come off as self-serving and give the impression you may not be a team player or be willing to give 100%," says Amy Hoover, president of the job board Talent Zoo. She continued: "The sole purpose of the interview is to determine if you are a good fit for the company, and if it's a good fit for you. All the other issues and concerns should be addressed during negotiations after the job offer has been made." Here are 20 questions you'll want to avoid during the first job interview, as they may do more harm than good: What are benefits like? It's better to save this question for the end of the process, when it's more clear that you'll receive a job offer. "Often, companies post information about their benefits on their websites in order to attract candidates, so it may be possible to find this information without asking in an interview," Siegal says. When will I be eligible for a raise? This may tell the interviewer that money is the only thing you care about. Can I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my work done? Getty Don't try to make adjustments to the schedule before you've even been offered the job. Are you married?/Do you have kids?/etc. Never ask the interviewer any personal questions. Do you check social-media accounts? Job seekers should always assume that their prospective employers will find and view their social-media accounts. "Asking about whether employers will check raises huge red flags for the company, who may wonder if a candidate will be a threat to the company's image," Siegal says. Do you do background checks?

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