Unless the interviewer brings it up, avoid talking about salary requirements in the first interview. If it does come up, you might simply ask what the salary range is for the position. Also, wait until you’ve been offered the job to ask any specifically human resources-related questions.
Asking questions throughout the interview shows that you pay attention to what others are saying. It also shows that you’re confident and can anticipate issues the interviewer has yet to address.
If you still have questions following the interview, weave them into your thank-you note, and follow up within a week or two, depending on the employer’s hiring time line.
Prepare questions in advance of your interview.
- Don’t ask questions that you can easily research on the employer’s website or other information source.
- Weave your questions into the conversation rather than asking them all at the end.
- Think about what type of work culture you’d be comfortable in and ask questions to get a sense of the organization. For example, if you prefer working on a team instead of independently, ask how people tend to work there.
- Avoid the salary discussion in the first interview. If pressed, ask what the salary range is, and try to leave it at that.
Visit the AARP Work Resources Web page for more tips and information to help with your job search.
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