If you are in the job market, you know how much work is involved. In fact, it’s kind of like a baseball game. You invest a great deal of time, for only a few opportunities “at bat.” Creating the prefect resume gets you to first base. Using job posting boards, social media and your networking contacts to find opportunities gets you to second. Then you wait patiently, (not really!) follow up and finally you have an interview opportunity…Congrats! You’re rounding third base and have a shot at scoring a home run. You have made it through the mass chaos of candidates and are one of a few with the chance to sell yourself in person. Good news for sure, but you can’t change the scoreboard just yet. You have a bit more work to do.
Obviously your preparation will include developing answers to questions you expect the recruiter to ask you. For some tips on these, check out my earlier post. But there’s one more piece of prep that can make your home run a reality. It’s an opportunity given to virtually every candidate and you may not even realize it. It happens when you are asked, “do you have any questions?”
In conducting interviews for over two decades I can assure you that most candidates either numbly reply “no” or maybe ask about a timeline for the decision. But that’s it. Instead, ask a few of the questions below to develop a better idea if the position is really a fit for you. As an added bonus, the recruiter will likely enjoy the dialogue, the chance to talk about themselves and their responsibilities and remember you as they chose their successful candidate.
1. What will be your biggest challenge in the next 12 months?
2. Can you tell me about vertical and lateral options for future career growth?
3. Would it be possible to meet the team members as a part of the screening process?
4. If I was offered the job, what would be my biggest challenge?
5. Why do I want to be on your team?
6. What will be the most important criteria in your candidate selection?
7. What did your team recently accomplish that made you proud?
8. Would be possible to see some examples of the work I would be expected to complete?
9. Can you give me a feel for the size and dynamic of the team that I would be joining?
10. Would you be interested in seeing a portfolio of my work?
11. How would you describe your communication and management style?
12. Does the company provide/cover the cost of any continuing education opportunities?
13. What are the next steps in your candidate search?
Sure, being in the job market is a lot of work. But once you get the opportunity for an interview, it’s time to hit a home run! Best of luck and I’d love to hear from you. What was the best question you ever asked during an interview?