5 Key Interview Questions to Ask
‘The key to getting through a good interview is putting yourself in their shoes and trying to anticipate what they may ask of you.’
You may have already been interviewed in your lifetime. It is a pretty common thing. However, you may also be the person giving the interview one day and it is important you are asking very specific questions so the both of you get the most out of the experience. It goes without saying that you want to hire the very best person for the job. With that said, here are 5 Key Interview Questions you may want to ask at your next interview:
1. Tell me About Yourself
Seems pretty simple, right? This is one that a lot of people miss though. It is imperative that you try and establish a rapport right from the start. I mean, if hired, you will be spending quite a bit of your life with this person after all. The key here is to actually listen and provide those non-verbals that validate that interest.
2. Why do you Want this Position?
What is the motivation behind the person sitting in front of you? Are they there for the right reasons? Do those reasons line up with the values of your company? This is the part where you really start to learn about the candidate and what drives them.
3. How are you Different Than Other Candidates?
Finally! They can begin to sell themselves with this question and you will get a strong idea of what their perceived strengths are. You will also find out their self-esteem levels, which is a fundamental quality of a supervisor or manager. If you are the one getting interviewed here, it is best to take some time on this question prior to the interview as this will either create momentum or stop you in your tracks.
4. If I Hire you, tell me What Your First 30 days will be Like.
This one will catch them off-guard a bit. Look for the candidate to refrain from talking about all the things he or she will be changing and look for them to discuss their willingness to learn as well as immediately develop strong professional relationships with their new co-workers. Here, you will find out about the principles which guide them.
5. What is one of Your Greatest Strengths?
At this point, you probably have a decent idea whether or not this person will be a good fit or not. Finding out their strengths early allows you to refine where you will be placing this person and what early challenges they may face. Look for talking points that include words like: critical thinking, communication and problem solving.
Of course, there are many more questions you can ask or may be asked during an interview, but the goal of this short article is to help frame your mind for an interview and put a few more tools in that toolbox of yours. These 5 key questions is just a start!
I remember when I was first interviewed and was asked the question, “You are a pencil in a blender, how do you get out?. After hearing it, I was naturally thinking, “What the hell is this person talking about?”, but even so, I just blurted out a response that I felt would increase the odds of my survival as a pencil in a blender. Turned out, that was the point, they just wanted me to be confidant and answer the question–there was no ‘right’ answer. This is the basis of an interview–confidence.
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