Getting hired: What employers want you to ask

Getting hired: What employers want you to ask

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by Katherine Cook

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Posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 9:40 AM

PORTLAND -- You scored the job interview, aced every question, and then your potential employer asks if you have any questions... for them. It can catch even the most prepared interviewee off guard, but experts say, it doesn't have to be that way.

"There are three questions I always look for potential employees to ask me," said Sheri Michalak, Talent Acquisition Manager for Daimler Trucks North America.

First, Michalak said candidates should ask about a specific product or practice at the company they're applying to.

"Get online and figure out what the company is all about," advised Michalak. "Pick something you find unique and interesting to you, then ask a question about it... it shows me that you're sincerely interested."

When asking question number two, Michalak said it's good to remember that an interview is also an opportunity for candidates to size up the company.

"Ask me why I work here," said Michalak. "I will tell you the good and the bad and give you a realistic preview of what it's like to be here."

Michalak said question number three is a good way to wrap up the interview.

"You can sum it up with an easy, 'What are the next steps in the process,' so you have an idea of when you can hear back."

So, is there a bad question to pose? "Yes," said Michalak, "the one you don't ask."

Michalak said employers never want to hear that you don't have any questions for them.

"That tells me that they're not sincerely interested," she said.  "That they didn't take it seriously. It makes me feel like they wasted my time."

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