While you’re engaged in the job hunt, chances are good that you discover some opportunities that good… but just aren’t right for you. And then it happens: you get a call for an interview for the job of your dreams!
Before you get too carried away with interview prep, though, it’s important to understand that your ultimate goal in the interview is NOT to get the job.
I know that’s crazy right?!?
Instead your goal is to figure out if you WANT the job. And the best way to do this is by asking questions that help you determine if the position really is as perfect as you think it may be, like these…
Question 1: Top Performers
“Tell me about a top performer on your team. What does he/she do differently?”
This question is designed to help you learn what skills/accomplishments are required to be a recognized team leader. Listen carefully to the answer!
Question 2: Pride Moments
“What did your team recently accomplish that made you proud?”
First, this question gives the hiring manager an opportunity to brag about a recent accomplishment (which is never a bad move). Second, this question also provides insight about what it takes to impress them.
Question 3: Leadership Style
“How would you describe your communication and management style?”
Here you’re looking to learn how much they will/won’t be in your business and how easily you can adapt to their style. For example if you are soft-spoken and concerned about hurting others feelings, working for someone with a direct communication style may not be a great move.
Question 4: Biggest Challenge, Part 1
“What will be your biggest challenge in the next 12 months?”
By learning their challenge, you should gain a pretty good idea of ways you may be able to add value to the team. And there is also a good chance you’ll learn a bit about enterprise efforts and company direction.
Question 5: Biggest Challenge, Part 2
“If I was offered the job, what would be my biggest challenge?”
This question helps you spot difficulties such as work load; personality issues and skill gaps.
Question 6: Decision Factors
“What will be the most important criteria in your candidate selection?”
Ideally after asking this question you want to find a way either immediately or during follow up to demonstrate your proficiency with the most important criteria.
Question 7: Emulation Points
“Would be possible to see some examples of the work I would be expected to complete?”
There’s no easier way to see if you will enjoy the work you’re expected to complete than seeing examples. It also allows you to be confident that you can perform at the expected level.
Question 8: Travel Expectations
“How much travel is expected?”
While some folks love travel on the company dime, others prefer a more traditional office environment. Asking this question ensures you know what you are/aren’t getting into.
Question 9: Typical Work Week
“On average, what does a typical week look like here?”
This question allows you to gain a glimpse of life on the “inside.” For example if you learn that most of your days will be spent in meetings or team projects and both of those make your eyes glaze over, a “treasure” it’s not!
Question 10: Coworkers and Mentors
“Would it be possible to meet the team members and those you see as potential mentors?”
A huge part of your work satisfaction is dependent upon co-workers and having the chance to meet the team allows you to see how comfortably you can/can’t work together. It also allows you to gauge the quality of the mentors that might be available, if any.
Finding the job perfect for you is something special. And finding a job where you are engaged (and maybe even LOVE!); co-workers who you enjoy; finding purpose in your life and maybe even the chance for further career growth doesn’t just happen. Asking a few of these types of questions during your interview will not only impress the interviewer… they will help you figure out if this job, at this company, really is the right career move for you.
For this post, YouTern would like to thank our friends at Bulls Eye Recruiting.