Are you ready to go into your interview and give a well-rehearsed monologue about your astounding work experience and your impressive academic credentials? Well, then you’re an idiot, because not only do you have to answer questions you have to ask them too. So, here’s a few questions you should ask, and your employer should be able (and prepared) to answer.
1. Feel The Pain
As I mentioned in previous articles, a pain letter is a letter that assesses a problem plaguing your company (I apologize for the change of voice, but I make the rules of this universe, what can I say these are benefits of writing, and I am now talking to employers). As this is one of the latest trends in job seeking you might want to be aware of these problems and malfunctions because as easy as you can ask “what can you do for my organization and me.”
An interviewee will most likely ask “what is the biggest problem staff encounter and will I be able to help in the position I am being hired for?” Even if you are far detached from issues that influence the company, in your HR ivory tower knowing what the company is hurting for will help you chose the best balm…and when I say balm I mean candidate.
2. The Personal Touch
A great way to making a lasting impression on someone is to be a little personal with them. So many interviewees will ask their interviewer about their experience, and why they enjoy working at the company they are applying to. Terrifying right?
I mean you work there because you’re stuck, you have a few kids at home (you stopped counting after the third), a mortgage, a high maintenance spouse and at your age you’re out of options. But you can’t really say that to a bright eyed, bushy tailed candidate now can you? They’ll inevitably find out themselves at some point.
Obviously, an important part of an interview is to figure out what is expected of the candidate in their new position and responsibilities. Although most of the responsibilities and expectations are listed on the job ad, the candidate might ask what is required of them to succeed in the position. This is, of course, a difficult question to answer especially if you aren’t the head of the department which is posting the job. It could also be a segue into a second and arguably a more challenging question to answer.
4. What Is The Meaning Of Life
This is probably not something that an interviewee will ask, I just wanted to see you sweat a little. What they might ask is why did the previous person that held the position they are applying for, leave. It is extremely important information and also answers a lot of questions regarding what is expected of the candidate in the new position, especially if the previous person was fired.
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Are there any other questions that you were asked as an interviewer that you might need to prepare for? Let us know in the comment section below.