Description: The article contains the topic on interview questions to ask employee. The author plans to talk about five good and useful questions that can be asked in a job interview. You can get the details including what to ask, how to answer the questions, the reasons why they are great questions and how to use the information.
It’s ending with this week’s tips for working life, we’re going to talk about my top five questions to ask in a job interview, we know what the problem is, it’s difficult to come up with great questions to ask in a job interview to make sure you’re getting the information you need to make a good career decision, but also sell yourself in the process.
It’s difficult, you don’t jab interview very often, you’re not a trained interrogator, so I’m going to give you my 5 home runs, I’m going to tell you what to ask, I’m going to tell you why it’s a great question and how to use the information.
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The attendees get a fantastic e-book called how to interview the employer with 75 great questions to ask before you take any job, so if you like that, I’ve got the link in the description, you can check that out, you can get that toward the end.
But let’s roll, number one, this is a question about the company itself, you need to know whether it’s a good company, I love starting at the top and working your way down, so question number one is based on the direction of the company.
What do you think will be your greatest accomplishment in the next three years, I want to pause, because I know a lot of you follow me regularly and I hate where you see yourself in five years and all that futuristic stuff.
But when you’re talking about an organization, an organization needs to be able to think at least three to five years into the future, but you don’t only want to join organizations that think about the future thinking is nice, but companies that act and build things and have clarity around.
What they’re going to do is worthy of that, they’re even better, so it’s a great question, because it helps you understand whether they have a vision, if they have clarity around specifically what they want to build, if there is not that clarity, they’re basically saying to you.
If you’ll have a job in three years, if I don’t know where the companies go, you want to make sure that you ask that, that’s a great question to ask, ask early in the process, questions 2 3 & 4 are about you and your role, so question number 2 is wonderful, set up question as you start to get into questions related to your role, I like to ask the employer what the most successful qualities people have in this position.
So you’re looking for what kind of traits, the employer is looking for something and the reason why that’s a great question to ask will give you some specifics about the qualities that they’re looking for.
But you can also use that information immediately in that interview or in your subsequent interviews to accentuate what you’ve done in your experience, your work history matches the qualities that they’re looking for.
I think that’s a great set up question and you can accelerate it even more with question number 3 which is my absolute favorite question to ask in any job interview, but question number three is if you were to give me an offer and I were to accept it a year from now, what would I do?
You would consider this, hire a raging success, that’s such a great question, it gets the interviewer to give you specifics about expectations, what they would consider successful, it gives you that clarity to make sure that you could achieve those objectives.
But what it does is that it gives you ammunition that you can use within that interview or subsequent interviews to talk exactly how you will accomplish, what they consider a success, what the end goal is for them in a year, all you need to do is to tailor your stories to show how you would accomplish those specifics.
I guarantee we way ahead of the game when you combine question number the answers from question number two and question number three as you tell your stories, so that’s a great one.
Number four is a little safety net for yourself, you want to make sure that you’re uncovering information that you might not have uncovered with the questions that you’ve designed, so question number four that I like to ask is if you were to give me an offer and I were to accept it within one week of starting this job, what would be the biggest surprise or what would be the first thing that surprises me?
This is great, the reason why you want to ask it is that it serves as a little safety net, it helps get the interviewer thinking about what might nuts what this person will not ask in the job interview or what surprised me when I first started with the company.
It’s great, it puts the interviewer on it on the spot and naturally their inclination is to try to provide you a negative surprise, most of them provide a positive surprise and it’s usually a negative surprise, because that’s the way we think, so it’s a nice little safety net for you, so that’s question number four.
Then question number five, you’ve got to get some questions in there about your boss and your boss’s management style, because four out of five people quit their job because of their boss, you need to make sure that you understand your boss’s management style.
So question number five is when you have an opportunity to talk to the hiring official or your boss or whoever you’re going to be reporting to or even if it’s a higher up, what’s your management style and what are your expectations of the position that you might not have already mentioned.
Because you might have already asked us question number three which was what are the expectations, what would you consider to be successful, but you want to see if there are any specifics that the boss talks about in what he or she is expecting, what they consider to be successful, what their style is, whether it’s hands-on or hands-off or all that good stuff.
So you want to make sure that you are in sync with that kind of boss and his or her style, so those are my five saves, so number one, what do you think? The company’s greatest accomplishments will be within the next three years, number two, what are the best qualities of the people that are most successful in this role?
Number three, if I accept this role within one year, what will I have accomplished that? What will you consider this a raging success?
Number four, if I take this job, what will be my biggest surprise within one week and number five, what is your management style? So if you like this, please comment, like and share on whatever platform you’re watching this.
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