Every interview has three parts to it. The initial phase often begins with an open-ended question like, “Tell me about yourself and what you’ve been doing professionally.” The second part is when you are asked questions or tested to evaluate relevant skills, competency.
The third part, the one which receives the least attention, is one where you are asked if you have any questions for them. In a recent interview I arranged, a job hunter made the mistake of not having any questions, believing that his questions were covered in sufficient detail … and it cost him the job.
Here are five good basic questions you can ask to set you apart from your competition.
1. Tell me about the (job, project, position) you have in mind for me and what my role and responsibilities will be when I come on board. This question
accomplishes several things. It allows you to hear the specifics of the job directly from your potential employer. It speaks to your job responsibilities. It also gives them the idea that you are interested in the job by using the phrase, “when I come on board,” as opposed to “if I come on board.” This question would be asked late in the interview if you did not have an opportunity to ask it at the beginning.
2. Would you please give me an idea of your priorities and my deliverables after I start? Will they crush you with a tough schedule? Is it reasonable?
3. Was there someone else in this job before me? If so, how long were they here and why did they leave?
4. What is your management style? What kind of people tend to thrive under your leadership?
5. How long have you been with the firm? Why do you continue to remain with it?
Here are some other questions to ask that will get employers interested in you:
How will my performance be evaluated and measured? This is a different question than asking about the frequency of your job review. It asks about the assessment criteria for your performance.
Who are the staff leaders, if any, you rely upon? This is a favorite of mine for many reasons. It makes your future boss tell you whether they think of only themselves as being responsible for their success or others. It tells you about the “staff sergeants” who help create the success of the team. It also tells you who you will also need to win over to be successful once you join.
Can you please tell me a little bit about the people with whom I’ll be working most closely?
Asking solid questions will go a long way toward clearing up misconceptions you might have and creating a positive impression in your employer’s mind.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
If you want to learn how to interview like a pro, order “The Ultimate Job Interview Framework” from udemy.com www.TheBigGameHunter.us/interviews The Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.
Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.
Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com, the Job SearchTV app for FireTV, Roku or a firestick or BingeNetworks.tv for AppleTV and 90 smart tv platforms.
You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”
Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show like you did.
Jeff Altman owns the copyright in and to all content in and transcripts of No BS Job Search Advice Radio podcast, Job Search Radio Podcast, The No BS Coaching Advice podcast, JobSearchTV.com ,and other content with all rights reserved, as well as his right of publicity.
WHAT YOU’RE WELCOME TO DO:
You are welcome to share a transcript (up to 500 words but not more) in media articles (e.g., The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian), on your personal website, in a non-commercial article or blog post (e.g., Medium), and/or on a personal social media account for non-commercial purposes, provided that you include attribution to “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” “Job Search Radio,”” The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “JobSearchTV.com”as well as other content and link back to the TheBigGameHunter.us/url. For the sake of clarity, media outlets with advertising models are permitted to use excerpts from the transcript per the above.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED:
No one is authorized to copy any portion of the podcast content or use Jeff Altman’s name, image or likeness for any commercial purpose or use, including without limitation inclusion in any books, e-books, book summaries or synopses, or on a commercial website or social media site (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that offers or promotes your or another’s products or services. For the sake of clarity, media outlets are permitted to use photos of Jeff Altman.