Two Questions to Ask on Interviews

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
An article on CNBC MakeIt tells the story of a former HR person and two questions she asks to get a better feel for the company and to see how she is being assessed.

00:00 Intro
01:01 For early-round interviews
01:55 On later round interviews
02:45 Outro

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Here are two questions that you can consider asking on your interviews. I’m Jeff Albin, the big game hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice globally, because I make things easier for people so that you don’t have to figure it out. You’ve got someone to work with as a sounding board, who helps you with solutions related to job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, workplace-related issues, career transitions, you know, the lifecycle of you and your work.

Now, this is a scenario that came from an article on CNBC, where a former corporate recruiter, laid off now, was talking about some of their experiences interviewing. And she came up with two questions that I think will be very helpful to you. And then I’m going to translate her thinking about them.

QuAn article on CNBC MakeIt tells the story of a former HR person and two questions she asks to get a better feel for the company and to see how she isOpinions | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter being assessed.stion number one for the early round interviews? If you have the power to change one thing about this company, what would it be? Now she comments that it can be either about the culture of the firm or the product of the company. And it’s a way of having constructive feedback about the business’ products or services and ideas of how to improve things for the culture. However, if they respond with a critique about company culture, that can be a sign of bigger issues that exist. 

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If, for example, they answer with ‘I wish the team was more connected.’ that’s a cultural fit question and a red flag. Issues around communication, management styles or having clarity around the purpose of your work will impact everyday performance, and are harder to change as an individual.

On later round interviews, she likes to ask the question, ‘what do you foresee would be the biggest challenge for me coming to this firm,’ because that’s a chance to have the hiring manager offer an assessment of where your skills and experience align with their needs. It also gives you a chance to talk about how you’d address any learning curves coming into a new role.

A good way to do this is to lean on how you’ve developed new skills in the past and explain how you deploy this ability to adapt in a new position. And, as always, she likes the idea of being transparent about what you’ll need to learn about the job and your willingness to do so.

So for example, if you’re changing from one industry to another, obviously, there’s certain things that you’re going to need to learn as part of that transition.

So a couple of ideas for you. I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is Go to the blog there. There’s a lot there to help you. In addition, if you have questions about job search, hiring, managing and leading, workplace issues, a whole host of things, you can schedule time for what I call Trusted Advisor Services where I ask answer your questions.

Also, if you’re interested in my coaching you throughout your career, you can schedule time for what I call a free discovery call to evaluate me for that or you can schedule time for coaching. I’d love to help.

At the site, you can also find out about my video courses, books and guides. Again a lot there to help you. Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

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