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Five Questions You Need to Ask at Your Next Interview

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Although you should prepare your self for any of the typical questions that you may be asked at your next job interview there are several questions that you should ask your interviewer as well. When you interview for your next job, you should really know what you’re getting into. Here are six questions you should really ask at your next interview.

Can you tell me about the person who previously did this job?

It’s crucial to know any problems or past history associated with the position that you are interviewing for. For example, was your predecessor fired or promoted? Is this a temporary position or brand-new? These answers will tell you about management’s expectations and how the company is planning to grow.

What do You Enjoy about Your Company?

Although you may like the company that you are interviewing for, you’re still an outsider. You need to find out what an actual employee has to say about working there. Who better to ask than your interviewer? This also forces the interviewer to step out of their official corporate role and answer personally as an employee and potential coworker.

What is the First Task that Needs Attention?

In order to successfully perform your future role you need to be on the same page as your new manager, as well as be clear on what the initial expectations are and that you can deliver. What you don’t want is to allow yourself to be misled about the job’s requirements and end up overwhelmed and over your head after the first week on the job.

Can you tell me about the Manager to whom I would report?

You need to find out whom your manager will be and what kind of manager they are in order to tell ahead of time if you will be a good fit. For example, if you’re an independent type used to creating solutions on your own, you probably won’t work well with an editor who is really hands-on.

What are your company’s five-year sales and profit projections?

This may seem like an unusual question, but you need to know about the future of the company you plan to spend several years of your life working for. Although you can research this question on your own, nothing can beat an insider’s observations and insights. This also shows you’ve done your homework and are serious about this company.

What’s the Next Step?

Finally, you need to know what happens after the interview and set a plan for follow-up. You’ll also be able to gauge the company’s enthusiasm with your interviewer’s answer. Be sure to ask for your interviewer’s direct phone number and the best time to call.

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The Job Interview Questions You Need to Know

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When it comes to job hunting, too many people are unprepared. There are plenty of questions that you should have answers for ahead of time. Here the most important questions you will encounter on an interview:

What do You think your Weaknesses are?

This may be the most popular question. Be sure to minimize your weaknesses and emphasize your strengths, and always focus on your professional traits. For example, you could say to your interviewer that you are always working on improving your communication skills to be an even better presenter, and that you recently joined Toastmasters to refine your speaking skills.

Why do You think we should Hire You?

For this question, you’ll to summarize your experiences. For example, you could say, “With five years’ experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I’m confident I would be a great addition to your team.”

Tell Me why You want to Work with Us.

With this question the interviewer is actually for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, “I’ve selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices.”

What are Your Career Goals?

Talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, “My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility.”

Why did You Part Ways with Your Previous Company?

If you’re unemployed, be sure to state your reason for leaving in a positive context: “I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me.” If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: “After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience.”

What did you Like about Your Old Job?

When an interview asks this question, they are actually interested in what motivates you personally. Relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. “I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me.”

What Makes You Unique?

You will need to take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits in order to answer this question. Be sure to summarize concisely: “I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly.”


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