Friday, September 11, 2015

Interview Like a Pro Series - What you need to ask the interviewer

"Interview Like a Pro" is an ongoing series written by Tatiyana Cure, Executive Recruiter, CFS New York

Once you’ve described your background and distinguished yourself by focusing on major accomplishments, you need to ask the interviewer some thought provoking questions. This not only shows your interest in the company and opportunity, but it helps you rise above the competition. Do NOT waste this time by asking the size of the company, department, and basic information that you should have already researched. 
Here are some examples of questions to ask and why: 
What skills do you feel are important to be successful in this position? Knowing the answer to this question provides you insight of what other employees have done and the job expectations. It also gives you the opportunity to re-address how your strengths match the skills needed to be successful in the position.

What challenges would someone face in this position? If the interviewer is not able to point out at least one challenge, proceed with caution! Every role has challenges and it’s important for the Hiring Manager to recognize that and be honest about it.

What are some major short-term goals for someone in this role? The answer will help you determine the expectations and ensure that they’re in line with your abilities. It’s important to recognize if the goals are unrealistic and not put yourself in a situation that may ultimately damage your career.

How would the accomplishments be measured? It’s important to establish how your success will be measured. The answer may be as simple a 90 day, 6 month, or 1 year review, but if the interviewer is not able to answer this question, again proceed with caution!

What skills are missing in the department that you’re hoping to fill with this position? You may already know this from your research, but if you do not, make sure you ask in the first interview. This gives you the opportunity to re-establish why you are the right fit.

What is your background? What attracted you to this company? What have you enjoyed the most working here? These questions help you determine if you could see yourself working for this Hiring Manager. It also gives you insight on if the company culture will fit you or not.

What does the growth of the company/department look like? This will not only help you understand what the growth of your career may look like with the company but also how the role may evolve over time.

I’m sure we can come up with a list of 100 more, but I suggest selecting the top 3-5 questions that are most important to you. Leave some room for additional questions for your next interview if it is more than 1-step process.
Have more questions about interviewing? Please comment below, or contact a CFS office located near you to speak with a recruiter. 

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