By the fourth interview, an employer is getting ready to make a hiring decision, and you might be one of just a few candidates for the job. Whether you get the job or not might be contingent on the questions you ask. Therefore, prepare your questions in advance of the interview. Ask the questions in a logical sequence instead of skipping around and referring back to questions you already asked. And go to the interview with the confidence you will need to get the job.
Ask about specific projects you would be working on if you got the job. The hiring manager probably won't get too specific on projects because of confidentiality issues. But she might provide you with general details on the types of projects you would work. If so, provide examples of similar projects you've worked on in your present or previous jobs. This demonstrates your ability to do the job. Share results of the projects you discuss, such as how you implemented product marketing strategies that led to increases in market share.
Inquire about the criteria that will be used to judge your performance on the job. Knowing the performance standards in advance can help you focus on meeting and exceeding job objectives. How well you meet these criteria determines the percent raise you may get the first year. Performance criteria can include your ability to meet project deadlines, supervise others, author evaluations and reports and grasp the technical aspects of your job.
Try to determine whether the hiring manager has any concerns in closing the final -- or second through fourth -- interview with a company. According to the job website Quintessential Careers, employers don't always express their concerns about job candidates. Ask, "I've covered my experience and educational background in detail. Do you have any concerns about hiring me at this point?" If the interviewer has concerns, you have the chance to overcome those concerns by providing her with additional information about your experience. For example, the interviewer might not believe you have experience with a certain software package. If you have worked with the computer software, you can describe projects in which you used the software. Walking away from an interview not knowing if an employer has objections could cost you that job.
Just before the fourth interview ends, ask the hiring manager when you can expect to hear from her. You've put a lot of time and effort into getting the job, so you want to know when a hiring decision will be made. A more strategic way to inquire when a company plans to hire someone is to simply ask for the job. You're not begging for the job when you ask for it the right way. Say, "I'm very interested in the job and feel my experience is a good fit," according to "U.S. News & World Report." Another subtle yet effective way to make the ask would be: "When do you plan to hire someone for the job?" The website Quintessential Careers emphasizes, above all, that you take seriously and prepare for the interviewer's expected last question: "Do you have any questions to ask?"
- Quintessential Careers: Do's and Don'ts for Second (and Subsequent) Job Interviews
- State of Washington: WorkSource: The Interview Structure
- U.S. News & World Report: The 10 Best Interview Questions to Ask
- American Association of Retired Persons: Tough Job Interview Questions You Should Ask
- Virginia Tech: Questions to Ask Employers During Interviews
- U.S. News & World Report: 10 Ways to Ask for the Job at the Interview
- Quintessential Careers: Make a Lasting Impression at Job Interviews Using Questions
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