Do You Have Any Questions For Me?
Tell Me Why I Should Work For You!
AT THE INTERVIEW
You got the elusive interview at the dispensary. You polished your resume. You dressed nice, and remembered the tiny details. You arrived on time. You’re sitting in front of the one persona that’s standing between you and a cannabis job– the hiring manager. The interviewer asks one simple interview question, it catches you off guard. “Do you have any questions for me?” The obvious answers that come to mind is “When do I start?” While this answer shows enthusiasm, it never really earned any one points in a job interview.
What if your interviewer was not very thorough? This is an amazing opportunity to demonstrate curiosity and willingness to learn more about the company. “Do you have any questions for me?” Never reply with “No, I’m good.” You have the opportunity to interview with them. Take it– and use it to your advantage. If you want to work at a dispensary or cultivation center or anywhere else in the cannabis field, you absolutely should have questions. It is a new industry! Here are a few to get started.
BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER
- How are promotions structured?
- What is the turnover rate?
- In what ways is the company expected to grow?
- What is the growth path for this position?
- Will my responsibilities change later?
- What is the best way to describe your company’s culture?
- What is the company’s management style?
- How many people work in this location?
- How does one advance in the company?
- Do you have any hesitations about my background?
- What type of background or experiences would be most successful in this position?
- Do you have a policy or training manuals for helping new staff members of the team get on board?
QUESTIONS TO AVOID
The worst interview questions include topics about salary, benefits, vacation time, work hours per week, samples, other self-driven benefits. During an interview, you need to demonstrate to the employer how you can benefit the company, not the other way around. Once you get the job, you can then begin to ask what the company can do for you.
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April is a contributor to Staff MMJ, Chief Technology Officer of Herbal Risings, and Communications Director for Arizona NORML. Her experience working as a dispensary inventory control specialist first sparked her interest in expanding cannabis acceptance and tolerance within families. She also serves as the voice for animals, and advocates for chronic pain, pelvic health, and women’s health issues.