The 10 questions you should ask during the interview

The 10 questions you should ask during the interview - Blog Gamechanger

The interview is your opportunity to prove that you are the person who can solve the problems for the company you have applied to…
Remember, companies don’t hire people; they hire solutions to challenges and keys to opportunities. Your job at interview is to demonstrate how and why you are the best solution to either their biggest challenge or the key to unlocking their greatest opportunity…
A great way of demonstrating value to the organisation is to engage the interviewer at a deeper level than simply responding to their questions; when you show you have the confidence and interest to ask great questions yourself, the interviewer will recognise that you are different and worthy of consideration.

The questions that you will ask during the interview are as important as the ones you will answer.

Preparation for the interview is a must and preparing compelling questions will make you stand out from other candidates. These questions will also: – Tell you what you need to know about the company and determine if it is a good fit for you. – Show that you did some research into the firm, which is the proof of your interest in the position – Provide you with substance for answering the questions of the interviewer. For instance, early in the discussion you could ask him what would be the perfect profile for this position would be. Now that he has defined his expectations and you have taken note of his keywords, it will be easier to adapt your speech – Help you to spot the doubts of the hiring manager. For example, if you ask what would be if he didn’t move forward with you. Then you would know which of his doubts you will have to overcome – Show your technical expertise, your strong knowledge of the business environment and your general culture at some point – Turn the interview into a discussion between two professionals and you will be perceived as a solution provider and not a simply a candidate answering questions.

1) Why is there a vacancy and how long was the last person in post?

You need to know the context of the recruitment. If the answer is light and needs more development, then ask. For example, “why did the person only stay x months..?” The question can seem ruthless, but knowing this information will help you avoid a potentially really bad situation.

2) What would be the perfect candidate for you?

(Educational background, work experience, languages spoken, personality, etc…) The answer will provide you with important information. You will have the opportunity to use it in your responses. By using the same words the manager used, you will be able to make them resonate in his head and make him feel you clearly understood his expectations.

3) What do you expect me to achieve in the first 30, 60 and 90 days?

This is for the REAL PLAYERS. You are showing that you clearly understand that time is money and that you are here to add value. This question will help the manager to project you into the position, the more he can visualise you doing the job, the more you increase your chances. On your side, you will have a clear understanding of his expectations of you and decide if you would be ready to endorse these responsibilities. This question definitely leads to another level of discussion that other candidates wouldn’t have with the manager.

4) What are the major strengths and weaknesses of my application?

You are asking for direct feedback and you are totally right!
It is a powerful question demonstrating a lot of confidence and an open mind to criticism.
Now that you know your strengths, you will continue to play on them until the end of the process.On the opposite side you will correct some misinformation or explain to him that any weaknesses will not be an obstacle to your success.

5) What is the biggest challenge of this position?

You are showing that you are here to get results. Use this moment to highlight the competences that will help you overcome this challenge.

6) How would you describe a typical day in this position?

Critical information here! First you will have the opportunity to gain insights into whether or not you really want to work there. Sometimes you will realise that the tasks are way bigger/smaller than mentioned. Second, it will give you clues as what are the most important responsibilities in this position, which will help to tailor your replies and sell yourself more effectively.

7) Where do you think your team or service needs improvement? And how will my position will contribute to it?

This one shows interest in and the desire to have a global picture. Another opportunity to sell yourself on a different theme.

8) How do you plan to deal with ….

Thanks to your pre-interview preparation, you did spotted the present challenges of the industry and the specific one that the company is facing today. A SWOT analysis would be the foundation of this question.

9) How would you describe your management style?

You know how important the management is. Don’t choose a job, choose a boss. This question will help you make your decision.

10) Where does this position fit in the long-term goals of the company?

Let’s define the purpose of this job, its long-term security and its potential. Talking about business strategy will give you another chance to sell yourself.

BONUS QUESTION 1: What do you like about working for this company?

A question that can be surprising for the manager but that will give you insights into the culture of the company and his approach as your potential future boss.

BONUS QUESTION 2: Based on what we discussed today, do you think I am someone who can meet the challenges of this position?

It is a difficult question to ask. It is bold and pushy but you have to understand that being assertive and honest in asking for the job is what gets people hired.

BONUS QUESTION 3: I am looking for a position such as the one you are offering. When can I expect to hear from you?

Sometimes candidates are embarrassed to ask this bold question, but managers are waiting for you to ask it. It is a clear demonstration of your interest in the job and leadership potential.

Hello there,
My mission is to facilitate the connection between individuals and companies in a challenging job market. After an in-house experience within a private bank, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in finance, IT and tech.
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market.
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!

Stéphane Brun

Hello there,
My mission is to facilitate the connection between individuals and companies in a challenging job market. After an in-house experience within a private bank, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in finance, IT and tech.
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market.
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!


Stéphane Brun


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