Q: Hello, I am going on a job interview at a jewelry store, the one question that gets me stuck is “Do you have any questions for me ?” I never know what would be good questions to ask. What are some good questions that I can ask?!
A: Here are some suggestions:
- What is a typical day like in the store?
- How would you describe your ideal sales associate?
- Are the various stores all corporately owned or are they franchised?
- How soon would I be trained on the various types of jewels we sell and provide?
- Will my training result in some sort of certification?
- Does the store put on any sales contests? What types of prizes are awarded?
- Since repeat business is a good way to increase sales, how do we keep in contact with our customers to encourage them to be regulars?
- Does the store offer jewelry cleaning and repair?
- My family members buy jewelry from time to time, are there friends and family events I could invite them to?
- Does the company participate in or sponsor any charity events in the community (annual Breast Cancer Walk, St. Jude fundraising, etc.)
Aside from these types of questions, you should also take this time to ask the questions that matter to you. Remember that the interview is not just an opportunity for the employer to determine whether or not you are a good fit for them, but it is also a time for you to get the information you need to decide if the company is a good fit for you. If your hours are going to be a concern for you, ask about them. Will you be guaranteed a certain amount of hours? Would you be able to work a varied shift? If you are concerned about being able to receive benefits and that information is not readily given to you, ask what benefits come with the position. Is there an employee discount? Will you be eligible for a 401K plan or sick or vacation days? If you want to be able to advance in the position, ask how long it usually takes to move up from Sales Associate to Diamond Specialist, or Key Holder, or Assistant Manager, etc. The information the interviewer shares with you before you start may also prompt more questions. Do not be afraid to take notes and ask about them when you are given the opportunity.