A successful job interview is a two-way process. Just as a hiring manager is expected to come to the table equipped with a list of relevant questions, so too should the job candidate. The job seeker has as much at stake in making the proper choice as does the hiring company. But the goal for both parties is finding the right match in job. Sometimes employers recruit people they cannot have and sometimes applicants pursue jobs that may be inappropriate for their education, skills and background.
It is important for candidates to fully prepare for their interview. Learn as much as possible about the company beforehand. Review the company website and prepare a list of relevant questions you may have about the company. Learn as much as you can about the job for which you will be interviewing.. Think about connections between your experience and the position requirements and be able discuss these at the interview. This serves the dual purpose of helping you prepare good questions and shows your initiative and sincere interest.
While you are crafting your questions for the employer, remember some general questions to help you get started and which fit in many situations. Of course, you’ll want your interviewer to elaborate on the job, the routine, the manager you’ll report to, and the work you will be doing. Ask about the expectations of the manager: what is most important? In some jobs, your perfect punctuality may make you the ideal employee, whereas your occasional tardiness will make you ineligible to complete your probation. Regardless, it’s good to know what the expectations are.
You also should be ready to ask about goals for your new department’s goals as well as the company’s overall goals. You also may want to ask questions related to customer expectations and how your position fits into serving those expectations. If it is a supervisory position, ask how many subordinates will be reporting to you.
One expert suggests asking the interviewer about your qualifications for the position. What does she see as a hit or a miss? How do you stack up to the competition? For example, if you are told you are light on formal education, this is an opportunity for you to elaborate on all of the training and self-teaching you have done.
Other items of interest you should ask about include required travel, relocation, opportunities for advancement, or if overtime is expected (the overtime could be critical for healthcare-related positions). How many people have been in the job in the last few years? Why did those people leave? How often are raises given? How much have those raises been in the past? What qualities do their best employees bring to the table? If the interviewer was on the other side of the table, what question would she be asking?
The quality of the questions you ask could be the one thing that distinguishes you from other candidates. Asking relevant questions is a good way to become engaged and bond with your interviewer. In fact, some hiring experts believe your questions could be more important than the answers you give during an interview.
A word of caution – be alert to the possibility of asking too many questions. Make your questions job-related; asking about inconsequential things is a detracting factor.
Coming prepared is one of the best ways to assure a successful interview. Here at Med-Scribe, Inc., we’re always seeking to create a good match for the candidate and the employer. Contact us when you’re looking for new employees or a new position. We wish you much success!