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Get the Job! | Interviews

31 May

Are you trying to find a job or having interviews?  If so, I guess this article from the book “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use”, will help you a lot.

During an interview you may be asked “Do you have any questions?” –  It’s here that your heart stops and you think “Damn! I didn’t think of this!” and your first reaction is to say “I don’t have any questions”.  Big mistake kids!

You have to show a lot of interest and be proactive; you have to ask questions about the company and its people! Asking questions will make you look smarter, will give you the opportunity to know more about the place you might work in the near future and will allow you to interact a lot more with your interviewer – positioning you one step ahead of your fellow candidates.

What you should ask:

1.Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?” If your interviewer appears to be nervous or ill at ease, a non-abstract question like this is a good way to get the ball rolling.

2. “Could you talk about the history of this position?” Specifically, what you’re trying to find out is how long the position has existed, how many people have held it, and why it is now available.

3. “What were the major strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job?” Or in other words, what kind of act would you have to follow. This is also a chance to find out what happened to your would-be predecessor. How this question is answered will tell you a lot about the dynamics and expectations of this workplace.

4. “What are this position’s biggest challenges?” You’re naturally curious about the downsides of the job. But find out in a way that makes you look confident and unafraid to tackle problems.

5. “In what area could your team use some improvement?” Do you get an honest-sounding answer? This is important. It’s also an opportunity to talk some more about how your skills specifically match this company’s needs.

6. “What are the prospects for advancement?” Asking this demonstrates that you have ambition, and makes you look like a big picture person.

7. “How would I be evaluated?” If you want to know an employer’s true priorities, and what is really important about the position under discussion, ask this.

8. “Who are the most successful people in this company and why?” A clever way to get a glimpse of a company’s values/ethos/culture and how the powers-that-be measure success.

9. “Why do you enjoy working at this company?” Okay, it’s a softball question. But the answer, and the tone in which it is given, should tell you a lot. Basically, you are looking to see some sincere enthusiasm here.

10. “Do you have any reservations about me or my ability to perform this job?” It’s a gutsy thing to ask. But consider doing so because it’s a great way to get real-time feedback on you and your interview skills. Asking for criticism not only earns you points for courage, it could result in some very helpful information.

P.S. Do not ask questions that would be easily answered by consulting the company’s website. You will look unprepared, even lazy. You’ll also lose the opportunity to gather some valuable insight about this employer and the job on offer.

Now relax, suit up and good luck with that! :)

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