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robjen
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:45:48 AM
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Suppose that near the end of a job interview, you have a question for the interviewer.

I am going to make up two similar questions below. This is what you would like to ask him.

(1) What will the next step be in the hiring process?

(2) What will the next step in the hiring process be?

Which one is correct? I mean, where should I place "in the hiring process"? Please help me. Thanks a lot.
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:09:11 PM

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robjen wrote:
Suppose that near the end of a job interview, you have a question for the interviewer.

I am going to make up two similar questions below. This is what you would like to ask him.

(1) What will the next step be in the hiring process?

(2) What will the next step in the hiring process be?

Which one is correct? I mean, where should I place "in the hiring process"? Please help me. Thanks a lot.


Hi, robjen.

Both are correct.

"In the hiring process" is a prepositional phrase; prepositional phrases can be placed in the beginning, middle and end of the sentence:

What the next step, in the hiring process, will be. - Middle - Set apart with a comma.
In the hiring process, what the next step will be. - Beginning - Set apart with a comma.
What the next step will be in the hiring process. - End - No comma required.



As you can see, in the first two examples, I have set them apart with a comma, for this is the rule:

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When a preposition or prepositional phase comes in the beginning or middle of the sentence, it must be set apart from the rest of the sentence with a comma


However, if it comes in the end, which is its normal placement, no comma is needed.

Nevertheless, I must admit that "What will the next step in the hiring process be?" sounds quite weird.

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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:12:20 PM

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robjen, in my opinion, the candidate should never ask any question to the interviewer. He has no right. So the question need not be answered.

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BHUDSON
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:59:22 PM

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You might also ask: "What will be the next step in the hiring process?"
NKM
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:04:11 PM

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BHUDSON wrote:
You might also ask: "What will be the next step in the hiring process?"

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This sounds much more natural to me than either of the original forms.

tunaafi
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:28:29 PM

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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
robjen, in my opinion, the candidate should never ask any question to the interviewer. He has no right. So the question need not be answered.


In Britain, a candidate who had no questions would give a very poor impression. The candidate has every right to ask questions.

I view an interview as a two-way process. When I attended interviews, , I saw them as a chance for the potential employer to find out if I suited their requirements and for me to find out if they suited my requirements.


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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 6:43:57 PM

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Candidates are expected to ask meaningful questions about the work, the team, etc. The interview is supposed to be an opportunity for each party to determine if the candidate and the position are a good match.
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