Chazz Pratt
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Back in 1955, a game show called The $64,000 Question first aired. Scandal soon followed. Then the creators of the show found themselves being questioned. Today, you might need to have some good questions at the ready during an interview. Who knows? Maybe you'll get the $64,000 Answer - in the form of a job offer and salary! Questions asked to an interviewer must be planned and thought out. You can cash in big if you can handle this part of the interview.

Overall, try to avoid asking about things like pay, benefits, vacation, stock options, medical, dental, etc. in the first interview. You might possibly and carefully ask during the screening interview, but most of this stuff is on the company website to a certain degree. If you do your homework beforehand, you can find out a ballpark figure on pay and other items, thus leaving enough time to get to the heart of the matter - WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE COMPANY. To me, the best time to ask these things known as "perks" is after you've successfully interviewed. You'll want to spend more time during the first face-to-face interview discussing the important aspects of the job, getting to know your potential boss and company, and how you can make an impact. Also, waiting to discuss such topics shows you have a genuine interest in what the employer wants - someone to get the job done! That way, you'll give the honest impression that you have the employer's best interests in mind rather than self-interest. Second and third interviews usually provide the right opportunity to ask pay and benefits questions.

Research the company before your interview starts. Pay close attention, take notes, and create some unique ways to ask a question based on what you learned as you researched.

Keep in mind that the interviewer usually lets you ask questions at the end of the interview. However, sometimes the interviewer may be more conversational and you may ask questions during your time together. Was there something said during the interview that you can ask a great question about? Can you share an experience that directly relates to a situation they face?

You may wish to ask a question that's tied into a current challenge they're facing. Ask the employer, "What keeps you awake at night?" or "What do you lose sleep over?"

Find out what future projects they have. Ask, "What challenges do you face when bringing these new projects to market?"

Ask, "What is the company's teamwork model?"

Ask, "What is the career track for someone starting in this position?"

Ask, "Based on what you have learned about me today, is there a specific project I can help your team accomplish?"

Here's something that can really set you apart and improve your chances over others interviewing for the same position:

Check out the company's Press Releases or News section on their website. Do this ahead of time, but definitely check it again just moments before the interview, if possible. Imagine being armed and ready with just released, fresh company news! You can mention the great news during the interview and set yourself apart in a big way. (You might even surprise them!)

A good Friend of mine named Lisa RJ, shares some great advice from her Husband's experience:

"...relate their military experience to the job they want. For example, when my husband was applying for a Jr. High Principal job he talked about how similar it was to being a First Sergeant in the Army. He described that in the Army he was responsible for his soldiers in the same way he is responsible for his students. But that he had platoon sergeants in the same way he has teachers at his school.
(He got the job).
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What Interview Tips do you have?