Five Questions You Should Always Ask at a Job Interview

As America gets back to work post-pandemic, workers have more leverage than they might expect. We have already seen various protests, strikes, and new union contacts form in response to unfair wages, meaning there’s never been a better time to hold your potential employers’ feet to the fire. After all, they need you a lot more than you need them. With this in mind, we’ve put together five of the best questions for you to ask at your next job interview. While we can’t guarantee these will be easy questions to ask (or for your employer to answer), you will have a better understanding of their company culture by the end of the process.

So, here they are.

1. What’s the salary for this job?

This one seems like a no-brainer, but believe it or not, sometimes an employer will forget to tell you until they offer you the position. Weird, right? You’ll want to make sure that they understand that for you getting paid is a priority, if not the entire reason you are applying for the job. If they don’t already know that, they really, really should and they should be prepared to tell you. Because we know that you might be willing to work for a lower end salary, but they don’t need to.

2. How many rats are there?

Very important question. We can’t tell you how many people we talk to who forgot to ask this question and ended up at a rat-filled job with only themselves to blame. Technically, under U.S. law, an employer doesn’t explicitly have to tell you if there are rats, so you might have to get creative by asking questions like ‘Is handling a rat a duty I’ll ever perform for this job?’ to make sure you are in the clear.

3. How many bonuses and/or raises did you give out in the months between March 2021 and May 2021?

Listen, unless your company is an illegal business or doesn’t do their taxes properly, they probably got some money from Ol’ Uncle Sam during those months. And as a potential future employee of this company, you want to know if they kept that money for themselves or gave it back to the people whose labor they are using to run their company.

4. Does your company have a plan for when I’m scared in the cold dark of night?

While this might not seem as important as asking about health insurance, your company should be providing options for you when things seem overwhelming in the cold dark of night. We understand that the night time is not ‘business hours,’ but your performance will be critically hampered without someone to watch over you and protect you when the Beings from Beyond start to infiltrate your space. It’s worth asking is all we’re saying.

5. Am I your boss now?

This is an excellent way to end an interview. The sheer confidence to ask this question will show them you mean business. Plus, it can really only go one of two ways. They either will say ‘No,’ to which you can reply ‘Well, not yet at least,’ solidifying that you are committed to the success of the business and yourself. If they reply ‘Yes,’ you likely just bumped your salary and potentially even gave yourself a promotion just because you had the guts to ask the question. Most hiring managers don’t know what they are doing, so let them figure it out.

And that about does it. We hope that this is helpful and be sure to leave your stories about using these questions to get a job in the comments, we’d love to hear how it goes!

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