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Video: Three questions you should ask the interviewer

Participating in a job interview is a two-way street. Learn about a company by asking the right questions during an interview.

One of the things job candidates seem to forget is that an interview is a two-way street. It's a way for interviewers to find out about you, but it's also a way for you to learn about the job and the company to which you're applying.

In this video, you'll find out the kinds of questions you should be asking the interviewer.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

24 comments
kwyrick
kwyrick

I would much rather read the article than have to watch a video. I normally just skip the articles altogether if they involve having to watch some video. My time is worth more than that.

Kam Guerra
Kam Guerra

Too bad there can't be more of an open (and HR accepted) dialog when it comes to other issues such as paid time off, 401k matching, flexible spending accounts.

SheFixesThings
SheFixesThings

We all know that we are working to work. I myself, need flexibility for my kids and want to save both my and the interviewer's time by getting all that out in the open. I know it's the wrong thing to do but there have been many times where I interviewed someone expecting double the amount of salary because those items were not pre-screened prior to the face-to-face.

rykerabel
rykerabel

Those are the questions you ask after you are offered the job and before you accept it.

SheFixesThings
SheFixesThings

I'm sure that I'm not the only one. Where can one research the actual salary range or if the company offers a work-life balance or flexible hours? For me, my interviews can be as long as 4 hours; why go through that only to find that they don't have what you need in order to survive?

gksmith2002
gksmith2002

A lot of candidates lose site that this is as much an interview of the company as it is about company interviewing them. I have been in interviews where I can tell that the job, the manager, or the company is not a good fit. I hate looking for a job so I do not want to jump at the first job, have it last a few months, and do it again (kind of looks bad on a resume too). These are the questions that need to be answered by the people you would be working with ? manager or peers. I was at an interview workshop and this question is a great one to ask if you have nothing else to ask: ?How long have you worked here and what are your likes and dislikes about the company/department/team?? This falls under the same type questions Toni gave. If the interviewer (either manager or peer) rips too much on any of them?red flag. These four questions are from the workshop also. ?What makes you glad?? ?What makes you sad?? ?What makes you mad?? ?What makes you worry?? These are questions you can turn around and sell your skills again to address those problems.

SheFixesThings
SheFixesThings

'Are you looking for someone who produces or someone who solves it properly for the long-term'. I am someone who wants to fix things for the long-term but have come into a position for someone looking to replace someone who was a "producer". Problem is, the producer did just that...produced with a whole lot of hardcoding to get it done; but didn't solve anything for the long term that could help more than one individual.

cryaeger
cryaeger

Thanks for the specific examples. It was helpful.

rluck57
rluck57

Great points, Toni. I only have one thing to add....SMILE. Relax you did a great job.

Sunny Puddle
Sunny Puddle

Thanks for bringing this up - how do elict information about the company culture, the way IT dept is viewed by users, etc.? BTW - too much skin showing is a distraction.

toni.bowers
toni.bowers

Wow. That's a first. Hope you're kidding. If not, you'd be better off not looking at the IT Dojo videos--Bill's been known to wear an open collar shirt.

santeewelding
santeewelding

A Puritan, or the complete opposite of one. There is no between.

Sunny Puddle
Sunny Puddle

Thanks for the tip, will avoid those videos.

blockb
blockb

Thank you for these questions. I should say a lot of the time interviewers are representatives of the hiring manager/group and has no idea how to answer these questions. What do you do then? Beatrice, blockb@aol.com

SilverBullet
SilverBullet

In this case, you need to advance to the next level of interviews. Keep them in your pocket.

gksmith2002
gksmith2002

These are the questions you want answered by your immediate supervisor or one level above. If you are interviewed by potential peers, they should be able to answer at least the first two. HR will not know how to answer these.

paa.listas
paa.listas

Please, put some Subtitling, i have some dificulties to understand your english . :)

Jessie
Jessie

If you click the Transcript button under the video, you'll see the text in English and can feed that into your favorite translator.

BrianW619
BrianW619

Should they add Chinese, Hebrew, Iranian, Egyptian, Swedish, Icelandic, Philipino? You should probably learn more English if you are going to visit website that tends to have English on it. Understand??

mcoler
mcoler

Maybe they don't have a working sound card and just want english subtitles

eternal_life
eternal_life

I vieved the video and saved the link for further use in educational usage

divyashree
divyashree

where is the video ,I cant see it .

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

I like these questions because they open windows( or shut them ) based on response. Thanks Toni!

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