I failed to ask questions in the interviews I had...

Philippines
May 24, 2011 7:14pm CST
So, I still have no job and I was really thinking why I wasn't hired when I think I've answered the questions correctly... Then, I stumbled upon the common mistakes an applicant does during an interview, I was searching for the common interview questions, and I realized that I failed to ask any questions to the interviewer!!!! I have another interview today, and I'm going to use the knowledge I've gained to my advantage...and see how this pans out for me... Do you ask questions to the interviewer? What are the questions that you asked? Or, did you do the same mistake I did?
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12 responses
@Jessi_T (380)
• United States
25 May 11
I look for body language when conducting an interview it's easy to see if the person is comfortable and being honest by the way they are talking and how they are setting etc.... As far as asking questions during an interview I haven't been on that side of the table in awhile but questions will show you are eager to work for the company as long as they are questions that the answers will be a benefit to both you and the company coming out and asking about time-off and over-time pay and things like that could be a turn-off. It would be for me anyway. I wouldn't have a problem with someone verifying important information but clutter questions or questions that scream they really aren't going to show up even if hired really gets to me. Best of luck getting a job. =)
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• Philippines
25 May 11
When I undergo an interview, I usually just let the interviewer question me. After all, I am the one under scrutiny. I did not realize up until I stumbled on your discussion, that you indeed need to ask questions to the interviewer. I fail to see the logic, why? Anyhow, I got the job that I applied for. I've been employed here at my job for 3 years now. I guess that was just plain luck or something. Good luck on your job hunting my friend!
• Philippines
25 May 11
well, of course that's normal, I'm not even sure if me asking relevant questions about the company is what made me get hired, since I didn't ask questions during the interviews I had before and I did get hired...but I'm trying out a new field I just searched for the ways to answer their interviews... I don't think it was just plain luck though dear sophie, you got the job because the interviewer saw something in you!!!
• Philippines
26 May 11
That's sweet of you. Modesty aside, I do believe that it is my qualifications that sets me apart from other applicants that's why I was hired. Though I am encountering a lot of pressures at work, I still hold on because I can honestly say that I am enjoying my stay here. Hope you find your place soon in this corporate world. God bless!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
25 May 11
It is great that you have learned from your mistake. The fact that you bothered to research how to improve your interview technique proves that you would make a very conscientious employee and I wish you all the luck in getting your dream job. I was reluctant to ask questions during interviews when I was younger but now I have learned that it is your right to ask about the job, salary etc. Good luck!
• Philippines
25 May 11
Thanks!!! I landed the job!!!! I'm so ecstatic...
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
26 May 11
Great news! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
25 May 11
That a girl! Learn as you go. I bet in your next interview you will slam them with all the right questions. I would sound interested in the job. I usually get nervous and make some mistake. You should read up on the do's and don'ts before you go and that way you are sure you are on the right track.
• Philippines
25 May 11
Thanks!! I got the job!!!
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
25 May 11
yahoo! Great! Wonderful. How good is that? Etc., etc., etc.
@SpYkzzzz (26)
• South Africa
25 May 11
Asking relevant questions at an interview goes to impress the person doing the interview. If you do some research about the company and discus with the interviewer it will help you to score points with him. It will also give you an idea about the company and how they operate. Hope this helps!Good Luck With your next interview :-)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Got the job!!
@SIMPLYD (79610)
• Philippines
25 May 11
I don't remember asking questions during my interview. I just answered the interviewer's questions as honestly as i can. I guess, what i asked though, after the interviewer told me that i was hired is " When will i be reporting ? "
• Philippines
25 May 11
maybe, it's not true at all times but I'm just happy that I stumbled upon that article for I landed the job, not sure if the reason is I asked some questions about the company but I'm just happy!!!
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
hi, actually the most question they've ask is "why should we hire you?" and that question i always prepare before the day of my interview,and also the guts you have,you should always be confident to you answer in every question.
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
25 May 11
I think some genuine question you must ask to the interviewer and that must be related to the organisation. It shows your interest in the job and also in organisation. This is good and considerable and also shows that you are curious to know more about the company where you are going to work.
• China
25 May 11
Hi,marapplestiffy. I'm sorry to hear that you failed in your interview,but it's ok ,the better one is waitting for you . When i was looking for job,i did't ask questions,the interviewer asked me several questions,they are about whether i can handle the job,or the similar things I have done before,so just be easy,answer the questions honestly,you will get your job. Wish you goo luck,waitting for your good news.
@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
25 May 11
There are few question which may help you in your interview today: 1. Introduce your self. 2. Also tell me about your family background. 3.Why do you want to cahnge the job/Why do you find in us that you have come here to give an interview?? 4.What is the major contribution you gave to your last job. 5.What are your strengths & weaknesses. 6.What do you know about the job for which you have come for an interview? 7.How much money do you expect?? 8.What is so special in you due to which we may hire you. 9.Lastly how much time you require to join??? Further you must have learnt from your last interview. Dont overact in an interview give to the point answers.Donot ditch your previous companies which you have worked with. Always be humble & polite.dress code is important. Donot ask silly questions from interviewer.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 May 11
Hi marapplestiffy, I got my job immediately after my post graduation. Of course I had to face an interview board but I was never meant to ask the expert any question as they were there to question me and test my ability. One thing I remembered is that I did not go nervous in front of the panel of expert. If I saw some questions really difficult I promptly said 'sorry'.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 May 11
Over a 30 year period I have interviewed hundreds of prospective applicants for jobs and can say categorically that you should only ask a question if there is something that needs to be asked or clarified. I do not subscribe to the theory that the applicant appears more enthusiastic/intelligent/hungrier for the job etc etc if they ask a question. Good interviews can work like a conversation, so it is OK to ask about essential detail in a process, but you ought to display an understanding that there IS a process in the first place. Your response to the questions asked should tell the interviewer what they need to know. You have about 40 minutes to convince someone that you have what they are looking for. Feed the interviewer with "hooks" on which he can hang the next question. Never say that you know about something when you don't! They are not looking to catch you out. Remember to tell them about you. So many interviewees say "we did this" etc. But you are the one being interviewed. Try the STAR method: The STAR method is :- S – Situation, background set the scene T – Task or Target, specifics of what's required, when, where, who A – Action, what you did, skills used, behaviours, characteristics R – Result – Outcome, what happened View it like a funnel. You pour the generalities in and distil from it all those little drops of pure gold that will impress the interviewer. Finally be honest, engage your brain before your mouth and remember that you only have one shot at making a first impression. Good lluck.