The 4 Types of Questions We Must Ask in a Job Interview

job interview questionsEvery part of the hiring process counts, but a face-to-face interview remains the best opportunity to dazzle the boss and land a coveted offer.

To maximize those precious moments, here are the four types of job interview questions every Millennial should ask an employer. Each demonstrates critical thinking and declares:

I’m in it to win it.

Note that in this scenario: you’re interviewing for a marketing/communications position at a grocery chain. However, these questions can be modified for nearly any position or industry.

1. The Background Check

People love to talk about themselves. Period. If you come prepared with a question like this about the boss’s career (thanks to LinkedIn digging or a Web site bio), he will perk up, brag on himself and find you impressive — even though you only asked a question and listened:

“I noticed that you started your career in marketing for Ringling Brothers circus. What was that experience like?”

2. The Office Insight

Thoroughly read the company website and blog before the interview. Check out past and current projects, staff bios and get a general sense of the office culture. Then, drop something like this to prove you did your homework:

“I read several of your recent press releases and saw you’re making a push to carry more gluten-free products. How big is the demand right now for gluten-free foods?”

3. The ‘Wow’ Factor

The bio question, the company question…both solid. Now, turn your focus to the industry, in general. Read news about the grocery biz and put the company in context with the latest headlines. That’s next-level stuff, and this type of  question prompts a ‘wow’ from the boss:

“I see Kroger just bought Harris Teeter. That seems like a major shake-up in the grocery industry. What does the Kroger takeover say to you?”

4. The Inception

With the ‘wow’ question, you took the interview from an uncomfortable boss-applicant arrangement to a conversation among peers. Now, plant a seed in the boss’s brain with a cool marketing idea. Make him feel like he needs you on the communications team right now:

“I really like the way your store offers online deals based on my previous purchases. For me, a twentysomething, it’s a smart strategy. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a targeted campaign to reach young adults where they spend a great deal of time: online?”

Boss says “You know, that’s a really good idea.”

Aaand… she’s incepted. Aaaand… you’re on to the next round of interviews!

What questions do you like to ask in a job interview? Share below!






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