Department of Defense (DoD) interviews can be tough. They are direct, no-nonsense and efficient. Landing an intial interview is an achievement in and of itself. But before you celebrate, now you need a second interview to either advance in the hiring process or reach the end goal and land the job. Oftentimes candidates don't make it that far due to things that were really within their power to change. Why is that? More than likely, there are some critical questions that they didn't ask. Here are ten that you may want to consider:
- How much time is left on the contract?
- If it's up for renewal, when?
- How many people are on the team?
- Would my role be client-facing or internal?
- Where will the role be based?
- If the job is slated to be in D.C., which of these six locations is it located?
- Will you be expected to split up your week and work at multiple locations?
- What level of travel is involved?
- How frequently would I need to travel?
- What is the next step after this contract is completed?
There are plenty of valid reasons why you may have opted out of asking any of these.
- Maybe you didn't think to ask these to begin with.
- Or maybe you didn't think you could ask those types of questions in a first interview.
- Maybe you thought of these but were hesitant to ask because you assumed you might not come across as likeable due to asking too many questions.
Be strong, make a memorable statement that makes it clear where you want to be and what you want to do. You have a right to ask questions. Interviews are about both sides assessing compatibility. Hiring managers need to know that you are a candidate they can count on to meet deadlines and complete contracts. Know that intentionality and initiative in phone interviews are important attributes for you to incorporate in a phone interview.