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Is it okay to ask potential employers if they have any questions for you? (Please see details)

Asked by NostalgicChills (2759 points ) April 7th, 2014

I’m going to my school’s career fair tomorrow and I feel super prepared. I have questions, notes for each company I’m going to visit, and I’ve practiced what I’m going to say. But anyways, would it sound over confident if towards the end of our discussion I asked them if they had any questions for me?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Overconfident? Not at all.. It’s a great idea.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Totally agree with @stanleybmanly go for it .

NostalgicChills's avatar

Awesome, thanks.

Coloma's avatar

I am interviewing a potential employer every bit as much as they are interviewing me. Maybe I won’t want the job after I ask the questions. lol
Sure, ask away, and address any of your own questions.
I can tell in the 1st 3 minutes if I am going to like a potential employer,

I get to choose every bit as much as they do. It’s a 2 way street.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking if they have questions for you. Good luck!

Afos22's avatar

That is standard in job interviews

pleiades's avatar

I wouldn’t conclude with that question, I’d be more specific.

For me the better question to conclude it all with would be, “What sort of work ethic are you expecting from your employees and what who is the perfect candidate?”

Conclude everything with, “Thank you so much for your time and if given the opportunity I guarantee you I wouldn’t let you down.”

You’d be surprised how impersonal and these fairs can be, I’m sure you’re aware of the fact that they go through a lot of students in a day, if you display true confidence they could put a name to your resume easily.

CWOTUS's avatar

To continue on this topic…

If you’re applying for a job with a specific employer (whose name is known to you; many times when you respond to an ad the ultimate employer is kept unnamed for various commercial reasons), then you should do some homework on that employer so you know a bit about their history, products, needs and plans (to the extent that those are public). Then you can ask questions about the things that interest you and others that not only show off what you know about the company (don’t do it just to be a show-off), but show that you’re thinking about their future expansion, future products and needs, etc., and how your interests dovetail with those expectations.

On the other hand, when it’s a more wide-open jobs fair, you can’t be expected to know a great deal about all of the potential employers there (unless, perhaps, they’ve been listed in advance and left some biographical / company information that you could have read up on). Even so, the nature of the event (though I’ve never been to one) is more like speed dating (which I’ve also never done – so don’t come to me as an expert in either field!). You need to find out as much as you can about each other in a short meeting to see if there’s a mutual interest worth pursuing.

I doubt if many people get hired “on the spot” at a jobs fair. But employers get to see a lot of “generally qualified” people who they might want to find out more about later, and potential employees get to meet the front office HR people at places that they may have only known (or not even known at all) as names on a roster of attendees. You should be looking at this event as “who would I like to ‘date’ again in this corporate way?”

So ask questions – DO ask questions – about the things that you’re interested in, to see if this potential employer is also interested in those things, too.

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