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The 2 questions every first-time job seeker should ask potential employers in interviews

By | Mikaela Cohen |

With graduation looming for many young college students, it can be a stressful time to job hunt amid finals and last hurrahs.

It’s no secret that the current job market is hot for young professionals looking to jump start their careers with 11.3 million job openings right now, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data — but as you apply for jobs and go into interviews, it is important to make sure you’re landing a job that fits your career goals.

After you’ve sent numerous resumes out, networked with peers and landed an interview, these are the two most important questions to ask recruiters and potential employers before snagging the job, according to experts.

What are the expectations for this job?

Jackie Mitchell, a career and life coach at her own consulting firm, tells CNBC Make It, says the golden question to ask a potential employer is: What are the expectations for someone in this role? Then you can ask yourself — Are those expectations in alignment with what I’m looking for?

“Those are questions that we have to ask, so you’re not in a position of, dare I say, desperation,” Mitchell says. “You don’t want to feel like, ‘Oh, I need a job. I got to get it.’ If you’re coming from that mindset, a lot of times you’re not going to pick up on red flags.”

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