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What questions should I ask at a job interview?

Asked by JONESGH (3554points) May 18th, 2010

I have a job interview at Pac Sun today and I think it’s a group interview. I’ve never had one so I’m not really sure what to expect. But mainly I can’t really think of any good questions to ask when they ask if we have any questions. Anyone have any ideas?
Any other advice would be appreciated too.
Thanks guys!

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Dog's avatar

Ask if there is room for advancement in the company. This tells them you are interested in long term employment.

Research the company and ask a question regarding your research to let them know that you do not just want a job- but that you want this job and have looked into the company.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I always ask about the job duties if hired, hours I’ll be working if hired, and what their feeling is on overtime.

Brenna_o's avatar

Keep eye contact with the person speaking
Dont fidgit
Dress nice
Show responsibility, be about 5–10 min early
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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Discovering Needs
What are your organization’s goals?
How does this position we are discussing fit into the goals?
What do you expect the successful candidate to accomplish over the next 12–18 months?
What is the biggest challenge the person will face?
What skills are necessary to perform effectively in this position?
What about my resume or background attracted your attention?

Finding Out About The Company
Why is this position open?
Is it newly created due to growth of the company?
What resources (budget, manpower, etc.) and authority go with the position?
Whose support is required to achieve the goals of this position?
To whom does this position report?
How will successful performance be evaluated?
What positions might the candidate move on to, based on successful performance?
Is/was a current employee considered for this position?

Lightlyseared's avatar

The main thing to remember when you are at an interview (any interview) is that it’s a two way thing. It isn’t just about them trying to decide if they want to give you the job it is also an oportunity for you to decide if you want to work for the company with these people. With that in mind you want to ask questions that will help you to decide if you want to work there.

Primobabe's avatar

@Brenna_o “Keep eye contact with the person speaking” It’s true that eye contact is very important, but don’t drill the person with nonstop eye contact. That’s very creepy and will make the interviewer uncomfortable. Instead, maintain eye contact for a brief while, break it for a few seconds, and then return to eye contact.

Also, you’ll want to come across as friendly and agreeable, but don’t plaster an unending smile on your face. That’s creepy, too, and it reeks of insincerity. (Unfortunately, many of us do exactly that when we’re nervous.) Try to look pleasant and engaged, but break into a smile only at appropriate moments.

Cooldil17's avatar

I always did group interviews at Abercrombie & Fitch, but I still remember being in mine, good times! You want to keep eye contact when they ask you questions, I’m not saying don’t look at them when they aren’t talking to you but when they are asking questions to other people just look at the person being asked or look at the interviewer but not eye-to eye contact. The questions we ask are If you could be a super hero what would be your special ability and why? And then more serious ones like what does diversity mean to you. They may ask you what does the brand mean to you. Because honestly companies only want a certain type of person working there… Don’t charge at them with questions of advancement, they will tell you that and all about the dress code, discount policy and such at the end of the interview. And don’t leave your phone in your car! Bring it with you, if you are socializing with the other people it shows that you are the perfect candidate for the job, so if you don’t have your phone you look like a dunce. Other than that have a good time and stay calm :D


Haleth's avatar

@hawaii_jake GREAT answer. These are intelligent questions to ask an interviewer that will turn it from an interview into a conversation. I’ve been on interviews before where I wanted to know all this stuff but wasn’t sure how to put it all into words. I will definitely hang onto these!

Primobabe's avatar

I’ve had so many job interviews when I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. The interviewers just went on and on, talking and talking nonstop, and my role was to nod or look thoughtful at the right moments. The funniest thing about such experiences—because I did nothing but listen and act interested, the interviewers always had the impression that I’m a genius! I got countless job offers that way. Weird, yes, but not uncommon.

Jabe73's avatar

I don’t know what position or type of job you are being interviewed for so i can only go by my own experience. You want a firm handshake, don’t sit until they tell you to, wait for them to go through anything they have to say first than ask basic questions about profit sharing, medical benefits, vacation time, overtime requirements, hours you would work and if they are subject to change, questions about job duties and don’t be afraid to ask about the salary/wage. No matter how tempting it may be NEVER TALK BAD ABOUT PAST EMPLOYERS! If you currently have a job and they ask you when you can start ALWAYS TELL THEM AFTER YOU GIVE YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER A 2 WEEK NOTICE FIRST! I know from my line of work employers will test you by throwing trick questions at you.

JONESGH's avatar

Thanks guys! Got the job!

Theby's avatar

Congratulations, @JONESGH !!!

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