16."Is there anything else I should know?"
"Is there anything else you want to add?"
Adding one more sentence to state one more thing never hurts. But choose carefully because it is their last impression of you. If you felt you didn’t show that much enthusiasm, here is your chance. Or if you feel that they didn’t ask you about one of your strong traits, you have a chance to state it.
"I don’t know if I expressed it that well, but I’m very excited about this position. I’m confident that I can do very well here."
"One final trait that I have that would be perfect for this position is my organizational skills. I’m very detailed and plan very well."
17."What kind of salary are you looking for?"
"What pay range are you looking for?"
There are a couple of ways to answer this. If you state a figure, you risk stating something that is too high, or something that is too low. Either case, you will not benefit from this question. A lot of people suggest saying something like, "I’m sure whatever I’m offered will be a fair price." But I don’t agree. It is a safe answer, but if I was the interviewer, I would appreciate numbers instead of a safe answer. So I recommend answering this question with a range. I’ll explain this more in the negotiation portion, but just in case you skip that section, here are some examples.
"I’m expecting somewhere between $50,000 - $60,000."
If you know the pay for the position you are applying for. Then giving a figure is not that bad. Just state something a little higher with a small range included
"I know that the average pay for this position is roughly around $45,000, but because I have a couple years more experience, I would want something around $48,000 to $50,000."
If the salary range is already included in the job description, then you can answer that you are willing to consider any offers stated in the job description.
"The job description says that the salary will be around $45,000 to $53,000. I think it’s a fair range."
18."That’s a high salary for this position! Where did you come up with that figure?"
If you said a figure that was too high, you might here this question from the interviewer. This is not good because they would only ask this if the figure you stated was too high. So I would first justify the larger figure and explain that would consider a little less.
"I have three more years of experience that will help a lot. I also have a college degree that is not stated as a requirement. But if the figure is too high, I would consider something a little less."
If you are not working, then you are able to start immediately. But saying immediately sounds too desperate so tell them next Monday or something. If you are currently employed, then you have to show that you are responsible by giving your current employer a two week notice.
"I’ll be able to start as early as next Monday."
"I have to give my current employer a two week notice so I could start immediately after that."
Most of the time, the person interviewing you will ask if you have any questions. It is important that you ask intelligent and relevant questions. Make sure you prepare some questions before you interview so you can learn more about the company and the position. Here is a small list of questions you can ask. Feel free to create more of your own.
"Do you have any questions?"
"Does this job usually lead to other positions at the company?"
"Tell me some of the skills that you want in a candidate for this position."
"What are the people I’ll be working with like?"
"What do you like the most about this company and why?"
"How is this company doing in comparison with competitors?"
"I know of products x and y, does the company plan to introduce any new products?"
"What is the company doing to maintain its market strength?"
"How many employees work for this company?"
"What has been the company’s layoff history in recent years?"
"Do you know of any anticipated cutbacks in any departments in the near future?"
"What major problems has the company recently faced?"
"What type of training do you provide here?"
"What do you like best about this company?"
"What position title will I be reporting to?"
"What other departments does this department work closely with?"
"What kind of training should I expect?"
"How long is the training program?"
"How did this position become available?"
"Is a written job description available?"
"Please describe a typical day for this position."
"How long has this position been available?"
"How many candidates have you interviewed for this position?"
"How many total candidates will you be interviewing for this position?"
"Do you interview a large number of people before making an offer to a person, or do you make an offer to the first person who is qualified?"
"What type of hardware and software will I be working with?"
"What will my workstation be like? Will it be an office, a cubicle, or a desk?"
"What opportunities for advancement are available here?"