Do you want to be a good candidate or a great one? Asking the right questions can mean the difference between appearing to be a good candidate instead of a great candidate and determine if you are interviewing for a good opportunity instead of a great one. Consultant Brendan Ross reviews Jeff Haden’s article “5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask” and shares one of his own must ask questions for candidates.
When any of my candidates go into an interview, whether it be an in-person or phone interview, my advice is to always make the interview a two way conversation and listen to what the interviewer is saying. You will not present yourself as the best candidate possible when you present yourself as a “yes sir” or “no ma’am” type of employee. There are times in every interview where a yes or no reply is required and you must be cautious of over talking. However, if you make the interview a conversation rather than an interrogation, I promise it will pay dividends.
A great question to kick off the interview is, “Hey Mr./Mrs.____, I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today. I’ve read the job description, researched your company, and I feel very excited about this opportunity, but what are you particularly looking for out of this person and role within the company?” Asking a question like this not only starts the interview off as a conversation, but shows you what responsibilities and skills you should highlight in your responses. Most interviews don’t last much longer than an hour with one particular interviewer, and that is not much time to convince them that you are the best fit for the position. The more you listen, the more you can adapt your responses to what the interviewer is looking for. By showing that you have exactly what the interviewer is looking for, you can increase your candidacy for the position.
Read Jeff Haden's article here: 5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask Interviewers