INTERVIEWING TIPS – WANT A JOB?

2010-12-01

 

BY: Adam Gavriel

We all know when heading into a job interview to prepare for the questions the interviewer will ask us; but what about what YOU should be asking the interviewer?

Yes, job seekers, the interview is as much about the company getting to know you, as it is you getting to know the company.  Not only that, but asking relevant questions to the job position or the company you are interviewing at is a great way to show potential employers your interest.

Doing this will immediately set you apart from every applicant who chose not to ask the interviewer any questions – which unfortunately is all too common.

Here are a few good questions for you to ask the interviewer:

  1. Could you describe the culture here at __________?

This is a very important question in terms of the job search, and will be a clear-cut opportunity to get the information you need on this company. If you are a person who thrives in a corporate environment, a startup company’s environment will not be a good fit for you, or vice-versa. Of course, you should have a feel for the company before heading into the interview, but this is an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the inside. The interviewer won’t want to lie to you about the company culture, and they won’t.

What challenges do you foresee for this position?

Another great question in terms of finding out as much as possible about the job you are applying for. Unfortunately, not all job ads promote the position in a well-described manner. In some cases, you’ll really need to dig to make sure that you are a good fit for the position, and that the position is a good fit for you.

What excites you about coming in to work every day?

One of my personal favorite questions. This is one that will get the interviewer talking, and is a more difficult question for the interviewer to answer. A question that he or she may not hear very often, as well. It goes hand in hand about asking about the culture of the company, but even more you’ll be able to really see how the interviewer answers the question, and give you a good sense of morale.

I see that ______ sets your company apart from your competitors. What else do you feel sets your company apart?

This is the clincher. Asking this question, or a question similar to this, shows the interviewer that you have researched their company, as well as the companies of their competitors. It also, again, allows you to get a deeper look at the company, as the interviewer will begin discussing some of the firm’s core competencies. If the strengths of the company match your own strengths, it will show you whether or not you are a good fit for the position.

The quality of your questions for the interviewer, in some cases, are as equally important as the questions that the interviewer asks you. Interviews are a two-way street. The company needs to know that you’re a good fit for them, and you need to know that the company is a good fit for you.

If you are looking for more in-depth interview tips and tricks, you can contact us today at Crossroads Consulting. You will be able to use these new interview skills you have when you apply for one of our job openings that we are looking to fill TODAY.

Of course, if there is anything else you think we can help you with, or just want to send your resume in as a general submission, do not hesitate to contact adam@crossroadsconsulting.com

Remember, we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’.

(Thank you for the cartoon, hellowitcheese.com)

 

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