It finally happened! You’ve painstakingly worked on your resume until it was a prefect representation of your work history and skill set. You combed all the job boards online searching for the right position. You applied, submitted your resume and crossed your fingers. All of your hard work is starting to pay off and you’ve gotten a call back. You’ve talked with the hiring manager and they want to interview you!
Some job hunters can be so overjoyed that they forget to ask vital questions that will help them prepare for the interview itself. Don’t let this happen to you. Ask the following significant questions prior to getting off of the phone.
1. Who will I be interviewing with?
The person you spoke with over the phone might not be the person conducting your interview or you might be meeting with multiple people. What if they have you meet with a team of five people? You have brought three freshly printed resumes, on your best card-stock, and now they need to make copies or share to see to your work history. It’s best to find that out before the interview so you can be prepared.
Also, if you know who you are meeting with, you can look them up on Linkedin to get an idea of what their role is in the company and have the correct spellings of their names to write thank you notes after the interview.
2. Are there any special directions I need to know?
Once you have been given the address, it’s always a good idea to ask if there are any special directions. Of course, you’ll google the address once you’re off the phone but some buildings have side entrances, two addresses or multiple building names. There may also be construction obstructions that aren’t accounted for on google maps. At the very least, they will probably give you the cross streets for the building. Asking for this information will ensure you know exactly where you need to go. The last thing you want is to get lost on your way there. Better to be safe than late for an interview.
3. Should I bring anything with me?
Always bring at least three copies of your resume with you. This is a given for any interview, anywhere. Period.
But they might need additional information from you and the best way to find out is to ask. The company might need to conduct references. Rather than searching through your phone for contact information while in their office, having a reference sheet ready will show that you’re organized. This type of preparation could make you stand out among others candidates and help you snag the job!
4. How long should I expect to be at your office?
If you have a busy schedule, this question is absolutely critical to ask. You’re job hunting. You may have more than one interview or another appointment on the same day.You may have a child you have to pick up from school. Maybe a friend is giving you a ride into Manhattan and needs to be home by a certain time. Maybe you’re going on this interview during your lunch break.
If you have a time crunch that day consider asking if they could meet with you earlier. The last thing you want is to make your interviewer feel rushed. You might end up giving them the impression that working at their company is not high on your priorities. Whatever the reason, ensure you ask this question before hand and set aside enough time to meet with your interviewer.
Once you have all of this information, research the company, think of a list of questions you may want to ask them at the interview, get your best business attire ready and good luck!