Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Learning The Single Best Question to Ask on An Interview |

Jeff discusses another interviewing mistake people make–not learning the single best question to ask on an interview and when to ask it.

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I'm back with another 1 of those stupid interview that job hunters make almost every time.I have spent a lot of years talking about the single best question to ask on any interview and when to ask it. And many of you haven't learned it. You haven't spent the time practicing. . You never deliver it even if you know it.

This is a technique that works very well on phone interviews and on in person interviews. Yet again, I want to walk you through it so that you have an idea.

Let's say it is an in person interview. You have been escorted into the person's office. As the 2 of you lower your butts into the chair, rather than wait for them to start the conversation, I want you to start it. The way you start it is by saying, "I want to thank you so much for making the time to speak with me today. I spoke with (then he mentioned the name of the recruiter who referred you or you spoke with HR during a telephone screen or you saw their ad) and it gave me a thumbnail on what you are looking for But I want to get your take on the role. Would you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help?"

You asked this question at the beginning of the interview, before anything has happened so that you get their current thinking about the job. I want to understand that when employers approve the job description and posted on the web were give it out to recruiters, by the time you see it, mentally, they may have tweaked the job description but done nothing to change It online, with recruiters or anywhere else. So you want to make sure that you are operating with the correct knowledge of what they are looking for. Thus, you want to ask that question as soon as you lower your seat in the chair.

Now, if it is a phone call,, again , you asked the same question. "I saw your profile on LinkedIn and want to have a chance to speak with you. Is this a good time to speak?"

"Yes, it's a great time. But before we start, I want to ask you a question. Could you tell me about the role that you have in mind and what you want me to do to help you?"

Again, the idea is to find out at the beginning of the interview what they're thinking is so that You can talk about what you've done that relates to what matters to them, instead of talking about what you've done... which may just overwhelm them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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