The ideal hiring interview will include a time when the applicant can ask you questions.
I suggest giving a wide berth to the applicant here. Let him ask away.
Here are some questions you might get:
Pay questions: How much? Is there overtime pay? How soon before a raise? Can I do special projects to earn more?
Time questions: What’s the schedule? Am I required to put in extra time? Can I put in extra time? How about weekends?
Travel questions: Am I expected to travel? Where would I be going? How long would I be away from home?
Culture questions: How would you describe the company culture? Should I know anything in particular about fitting in here?
Other company questions: How long have you been in business? What are the company’s future plans? Is there some way I can find out about the financial health of the company?
And, of course, there are more.
The kind of questions you are asked will provide some interesting insights into your applicant.
And it’s probably a good idea that you consider the questions you could be asked and have a well thought out answer ready.
All in all, letting the applicant turn the tables is a helpful and revealing part of the hiring interview. For both parties.
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