Asking Great Questions at Your Job Interview
Anytime you are going from where you are to somewhere you have never been, it's helpful to have a roadmap. While searching for a job in the sports industry isn't exactly the same as finding a physical address, the concept still applies. That roadmap includes tips for optimizing your resume, help building a network that gets you noticed, and job interview advice for landing you that dream job. Today’s WorkInSports Podcast question addresses a crucial moment of the job interview – we’ll let Janice from Illinois take it away:
“Hey Brian, I love your podcast, and I am getting so much better at interviewing and networking because of you. I have to admit, in my last two interviews I reached the end, and when asked, ‘What questions do you have for me?’ I froze. I didn’t get either job, and I really think I messed up this last impression. Can you help? I need ideas of what to ask and a way not to forget after a long interview!”
This is a common job search pitfall: You enter the job interview prepared and you’ve sold yourself with strong answers to the employer’s questions. Then the table gets flipped and you are the one driving the conversation – and you go silent. Regardless of how well you perform during the interview, when the ball is in the employer’s court, it is expected that you will have questions for them at the end. The best questions to ask in a job interview show the employer these two things:
1. How interested you are in the position by showing your curiosity.
2. How much you were listening throughout the interview.
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First impressions are undoubtedly important, but this last impression involving asking the right questions at the end of an interview can absolutely be the difference between getting the job and not. So, make knowing what questions to ask at the end of an interview part of your preparation to ensure you are presenting yourself in the best possible light to a potential employer.
Catch the full episode of the WorkInSports Podcast as VP of Content and Engaged Learning Brian Clapp lists the best questions to ask in a job interview, and subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen for more job interview advice. Also, be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more content.
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