We all have to start somewhere. For many entry-level applicants, the interview process can be very daunting: What do I wear? What do I say? What should I ask? Not being familiar with how an interview works can induce a lot of anxiety over what’s to come. The best thing you can do to calm your nerves is to go into the interview prepared. Research the company, get to know the person interviewing you, and have questions ready. Here, a few of the best entry-level questions applications should ask.
Where Do You Expect this Position to Be in the First 6 Months?
According to Laurie Bloom, recruiter at The Goodkind Group, asking what is expected in the first six months is a great way to better understand your day-to-day responsibilities. She also suggests asking where the role will take you in two to three years, but advises candidates to be careful about the way they word this question. “There is a careful line between showing that you want to grow within an organization and talking yourself out of that job and onto the next move,” says Bloom. “I always tell people to be careful and understand the position they’re interviewing for and to be excited for that position, not the possible position to come.”
Where Can This Position Take Me in the Next 2-3 Years?
This question is great for a professional position because it shows that you are thinking of this job as long-term and are passionate about your career and how this position can help get you there. But, candidates need to be careful when they ask this. “I have found that a lot of people will take a role knowing that it’s not their all-in role, but instead a way to gain experience,” says Bloom. “Sometimes, they are already talking themselves out of that job and are onto the next one.” There is a careful line between showing that you want to grow within an organization and position, and showing no interest in the position at hand.
What Qualities Are You Looking for in this Role?
Asking this question not only gives you insight into what they are looking for, but it also gives you a chance to highlight some of your own skills and positive qualities. Be prepared to listen to their answer and then explain how your own skills match up well with what they are looking for.
What Are You Most Passionate About in Your Job?
Asking something a bit more personal can often lead to a lot of insight about the company. A great way to do this is by asking the interviewer why they like working at the company or what their favorite part of their role is. If the chance arises, you may also want to ask what they struggle with or what their biggest challenge is. Not only are you letting the interviewer have a bit of time to speak about themselves, but you can also get a better sense of the company culture and the overall happiness of the employees.
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