Do I Really Want This Job? Important Questions to Ask During Job Interviews and Salary Negotiations

By Cheryl Palmer

At a time when competition for jobs is still stiff, it may seem counterintuitive to question whether or not the job you are being offered is a job that you want to accept. However, it may be worth your while to look before you leap so that you do not end up in a job that is so bad that you have a short tenure and appear to be a job hopper.

Of course, if you already have a job and do not have an immediate need to find new employment, you can afford to be choosy and look for the best opportunity possible. So how do you determine whether or not this job is going to be wonderful, bearable, or just downright awful? Ask questions; the right questions.

Usually at the time of the interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. This is your opportunity to find out more about the position, the organization, and your potential boss. Be sure to take advantage of it.

Questions to Ask at the Interview

It is also advantageous to ask questions during the salary negotiation process. You will not have another opportunity to negotiate the terms of your employment, so be sure to gather all the information you can before you accept the position.

Questions to Ask During Salary Negotiation

Asking the right questions can help you avoid a bad situation. You should not be so excited about the prospect of a job that you ignore potential issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Palmer is a career expert, professional speaker, and the president of Call to Career. Learn more about Cheryl at She can be contacted at or by visiting Her blog is available at To receive the free report, “Top 10 Mistakes that Executives Make,” visit

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