What Questions Should You Ask (and Not Ask) During Your Hospitality Interview?

Think back to any interview that you’ve ever had. After spending most of the interview talking about yourself, I’m sure the interviewer said to you, “Well, that’s everything I need to know. Do you have any questions for me?”

Most people respond with some variation of, “No. I think you covered everything,” then you shake hands and end the interview.

Are you guilty of that as well? If you have, that’s all right because we are going to break that cycle now.

Motivational speaker, Barry Mather, claims that by not asking any questions during an interview displays a lack of interest, comprehension, or can even make you look desperate.

Prepare Questions Before Your Hospitality Interview

While preparing for your interview think of at least 3 questions you would like answered. This is a golden opportunity to not only find out information about the company, but it is also a chance to show your interest, knowledge, work ethic, and level of professionalism.

Here are a few examples to help get you started:

  • How would you describe the culture here?
  • What kind of growth do you expect over the next few years?
  • How would you describe this company’s customer service philosophy?
  • Why is this position open?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How long have you worked at the company?
  • What are your favorite aspects of working for this company?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?
  • What would you like to see me accomplish in the first 90 days? 

Not Every Question is a Good Question

We all know that an interview could make or break a job offer, so you need to sure that you are only asking the right kind of questions.

Here are a few examples of questions you should never ask:

  • Do you do background checks?
  • What’s your benefits package?
  • What is the salary for this position?
  • What are the hours?
  • Did I get the job?
  • What type of health insurance do you offer?
  • What is your policy on drug testing?
  • When will I be eligible for a raise/promotion?

You may not have control of the beginning of the interview, but you can control how the interview ends. Don’t waste your final opportunity to showcase your knowledge and interest in the position. Good luck on your interview!

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