Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 28th 2015 Contents B30
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Don't make the mistake of blow-
ing this question off by saying you
have no questions! Very bad idea!
Asking good questions shows that
you are interested and prepared.
Employers usually have several
candidates for every job, and they
aren't interested in a candidate who
isn't really interested in them or the
opportunity. Typically, a job seeker
with no questions is assumed to be
either not really interested or not very
Asking good questions will help
you learn more about the employer,
the job, the boss, and the
organization. That information
should make a decision about
working there easier. An interview is
the proverbial "two-way street," and
you want to be sure that you'll like
working there and succeed at the job.
So, ASK questions!
Do not ask a question that could be
answered by a quick visit to the
employer's website or a Google
Ask questions based on your
preparation and your interest in
3 Reasons to Ask Good Questions
If you don't ask the right questions
in a job interview, you probably won't
land the job. And, if you do land the
job, you might regret not asking more
questions during the interview
1. To demonstrate how you
approach your work.
Most employers consider the whole
application and interview process to
be an audition for the job. You are
being observed and judged (and you
can certainly observe how the
employer operates, too).
From the quality of your resume or
application and the way you treat the
receptionist to how you look and how
you answer questions -- the whole
process gives you an opportunity to
show how you approach a job.
2. To demonstrate your interest in
Show them how interested you are
in the job by asking questions about
the job and the organization (but not
the salary or benefits, in the first
round). Employers typically have
more than enough job candidates to
choose from, and they prefer
someone who is actually interested in
3. To determine if you are actually
interested in working there.
Speaking from painful personal
experience, it can be very easy to get
so wrapped up in being the top job
candidate that you forget you need to
like working there.
Have questions ready, based on
your preparation and any questions
the job description raised for you.
Also ask questions throughout the
interview as they are triggered by
what is said.
Questions to Ask in a Job
Try not to ask questions that can be
answered with a simple yes or no. You
want more information, and people
will usually provide that if you ask
"open-ended" questions, like these.
Questions about the job:
• What can you tell me about this
job that isn't in the description?
• What are your future plans for
• Is this a new position or a
replacement for someone?
• If the job is a replacement, ask if
the employee transferred to
another part of the company, was
promoted, or left the employer.
• What is a typical (day, week,
month, or year) for a person in
this job? Choose multiple time
frames, if that feels appropriate.
• What is the toughest time of (day,
week, month, or year) for a
person in the job? Why?
• What is the key thing someone
does to be a success at this job?
• What are the most important
skills of the person who does this
• What is the biggest challenge
someone in this job faces on a
daily (or weekly or monthly)
If anyone has failed at this job, why
did they fail?
• Who does the person in this job
(If this job reports to more than one
person, ask who writes the
Questions about the organization:
• How many people are in this
group (department, office, or
• How many have joined in the last
(In a fast growing company, several
people could have been added. In a
tough place to work, several people
could have left.)
• How long do people usually stay
• How do you define (or measure)
• Does this organization promote
• How does senior management
view this group?
• Where do you see this group in
• When and how is feedback given
to employees? If there are
performance reports, what is the
time frame between reports?
• Anything that raised questions
for you in your preparation?
SERVICE COMMISSIONS DEPARTMENT
ADVERTISEMENT OF VACANCY
Office of Civil Engineer I (Range 53) in the Public Service
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the above
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements
Training as evidenced by a degree or equivalent qualifications in civil structural engi-
neering from a recognised University or Technical College or Institute.
Range 53: $8,875-$10,287/$11,016 per month (2011).
For further details, persons wishing to apply can access the Advertisement, the
Application Form and the Job Specification at the Service Commissions Department
and on the website at www.scd.org.tt
Application forms are also obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief
Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly or the Service Commissions Department.
Interested persons must submit their application no later than 8th May, 2015 to The
Director of Personnel Administration, Service Commissions Department:
52-58 Woodford Street
Persons who have applied previously and who still wish to be considered for
appointment to the office are advised to re-apply in response to this
INCOMPLETE AND UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEGED.
Please see the website for details on:
a) Information/documents to be submitted; and
b) Applications which are deemed incomplete and unsuitable
Questions about the person interviewing
• How long have you worked here?
• Do you enjoy working here?
• Why are you successful here?
Questions about their process and the next
• What happens next in this process?
(another round of interviews or reference
• When do you expect to make an offer, and
when do you anticipate the person in this
job will start work?
• Who should I stay in touch with (get name,
job title, and contact information)?
Questions You Should NOT Ask:
• Don't ask these questions because Google
or the employer's website could tell you the
• How much vacation would I get?
• Do you pay for medical, disability, and life
• How often do people get raises?
• What does this company do?
• Who's in charge?
• How old is this company?
• Who's the main competition?
Remember, save the "selfish" questions for
the contract negotiation -- vacation, salary,
benefits, etc. For this job interview, stick to
questions about the job.
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