How asking the Right Questions can boost your Job Search
There are no silly questions! In your job search, questions are a great way to find out information that can put you ahead of the pack. Consider questions at every stage of your search – from questioning your choice in roles to questions about your fit for the job and salary tolerance. Questions can provide valuable insight. However, if you fail to ask questions, or don’t ask the right ones, you may be missing out.
Asking the right questions involve:
- Asking the right person
Asking the wrong person for advice, feedback and insight can cripple your ability to land the job you want. Do your research and find people and resources that will provide the information you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for information on a role in Accounting, an employee in sales may not be the best person to ask about some of the challenges being faced by the Accounting team. However, they could be a gateway to finding the right person.
- Doing your research
Your job search is often a busy time. It’s often said it is a job to find a job. However, if you are serious about your job search and making consistent progress you need to do what it takes. To find resources that can help, be it peopled or otherwise, you need to do your research. While others are often happy to help, nothing beats you putting in the work and taking the initiative to find what you want. Doing your research can put you in a more informed position to ask questions that can provide more information and demonstrate that you are truly interested in the role. Your research can also provide you with information to fuel your ‘Stand Out’ strategy. There are so many mediums and resources available that you can pick the ones that come most naturally to you and work from there.
- Being proactive vs reactive
Proactivity ensures that you are ahead of the curve. In a competitive market, every move in your job search is critical. By being proactive you have an opportunity to be ahead of the competition by using the information gathered to gain greater insights that help you solve the employer’s problem. Asking questions ahead of the interview helps improve your preparation for the interview and the environment. It looks much better when you ask what the dress code or culture is ahead of time than to wait until you are in the interview to ask about company culture that may or may not be in line with your personal values.
Boost your job search momentum by asking the right questions. Asking the right questions can steer you in the right direction, provide insights and create avenues for building relationships and networks that can open doors.