Hello and welcome back!! Let’s finish up our series about interview questions! We’ve covered the common types of questions asked in interviews including; brainteasers, competency, behavioral, and credential. Now, let’s talk responses and the questions YOU should be asking.
Welcome to the finale…
The Ones YOU Ask
A key part of any interview are the questions YOU ask the hiring manager. Think about what you want to know about the company or position. Some classic ones are:
1) What does a typical day in this role look like?
2) What are your goals for this role in the next 30, 60, or 90 days (any timeframe)?
3) Describe the company culture?
4) What are the biggest challenges your company is facing right now?
These are just a few starter questions to ask to help you understand more about the role they are hiring for, the company, and how you would potentially fit into their organization. Make sure your questions are more open-ended and listen politely to the answer. Show off your listening skills and don’t ‘ask just to ask’.
Ask to genuinely learn and understand and to see if this role and company is right for you.
Each question requires a different response, but here are some general response rules of the road:
1) Be clear and concise, don’t get caught up rambling off topic.
2) Be quantitative, don’t just say you increased productivity with the use of ice cream bribes, say you increased it 3x over.
3) Use specific situations as examples, not that you’re a goal seeker, but that time you crushed your sales goal last quarter.
Make sure you showcase the best version of the man in the mirror and thrill the company with your on-point responses.
The best way to feel confident in answering these questions is to just practice them. Google a list of questions and answer them in front of the mirror, to your dog, to anyone who will listen. Get comfortable talking about your previous experience, pick out your relevant accomplishments, and situations you have done well in. Know your strengths and how to highlight them.
Once you feel comfortable answering or asking any question… it’s showtime. Remember your training, keep calm, and don’t forget to relax and be yourself. The separation is in the preparation, now go show them what you’re made of!