What is a top trending interview question aimed at teasing out responses about candidate’s management preferences?
“How can we help you succeed?”
Staff retention is a major concern for managers and human resources professionals. Also, the process of interviewing candidates for an open position and onboarding new staff members is a long and costly one. In addition, institutional knowledge is a valuable commodity that employers want to retain.
And this is why employers ask this question. They want to know what it is going to take to help you feel successful and satisfied in your work. Because the happier you feel in your role, the longer you’re likely to stay.
Yes, the “how can we help you succeed” question sounds like a hard one to answer, especially for junior level staff. After all, it sounds like a management question. But really this question is about how to engage and retain the best candidate.
Thinking this trending interview question through is great interview preparation, and it’s also a helpful professional exercise. Let’s get started…
Reflect on Fit
Achieving fit means that you feel engrossed, challenged and confident in the culture, and as a result you are successful there. Think about the job(s) you’ve held that has been a good fit for you. What factors contributed to your overall sense of success? Was it the kind of work you were doing? Was it the vibe of the place? Maybe it was the people around you? Identify what qualities yield fit for you.
If you don’t feel like you’ve achieved this yet in your professional life, maybe you’ve found a great sense of fit in a class you’ve taken or a club with which you’ve been involved. It’s fine to use these examples to discuss fit as well. The important thing here is that you know what you are looking for when it comes to cultural fit and you can discuss an instance where you found it. Finding job fit requires a delicate balance of various factors, and it’s important to know how you got there so that you can recreate it in your future endeavors.
Reflect on Leadership
Fit doesn’t happen accidentally. Good leaders create healthy cultures that maximize employees’ talents and make them feel a sense of security, community and belonging.
Think about who helped steer the culture in which you found fit. Analyze how that leader impacted the culture and why you felt comfortable there. Think about that manager’s style. How did he or she facilitate a culture of growth and productivity for you? How did he or she keep you excited about your work and about your team?
Use examples that demonstrate how the manager’s leadership efforts impacted the environment and helped you to thrive. Then discuss specific projects that proved to be successful. Finally, talk about tasks that you and your former manager consider victories.
Talking about this gives the interview team a sense of what you need professionally. It also gives them the chance to see what you value at work. Then, they get an idea of what constitutes harmony. Ultimately, they learn what success looks like for you in your day-to-day work.
Being a good self-advocate and also articulating a reflective level of self-awareness is always impressive in an interview. A trending interview question like this one aims to get you thinking in that direction!
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