Interviewing 3 - Ask the right questions
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Venn Group — 2 comments
As recipients of feedback from hundreds of interviews every day we know that nothing does more to damage good candidacy than a lack of preparation. Hiring managers agree constructing some well-crafted questions is an essential element to take an interview from standard to stellar.
Convey your value
As a great candidate you have strengths to showcase, valuable experiences to bring and passions to harness. However, an interviewer’s laser focus might miss something that elevates your unique candidacy. Well phrased questions highlight super-powers that might otherwise go undiscovered.
Armed with a list of reasons for which you will excel at the role prepare questions that identify the value you can bring. For example “Would my experience building power point presentations for meetings be helpful to the team here?”. This way you can guarantee the chance to shine even if your interviewer neglects to ask about your biggest selling point.
Confirm it’s right
After the interview you have a decision to make too. Your questions provide the chance to appraise the opportunity on your own terms. Before the interview consider what you will need to know in order to make a decision. It can help to discuss this with a consultant that knows you, the market and the role.
During the interview cross off anything that is answered or becomes irrelevant, leaving the questions you need to ask to assess the position fully. Our experience tells us that interviewers feel more confident offering jobs to candidates they believe properly understand the role.
Create a connection
Arriving for interview armed with great questions can convey your enthusiasm for the position. Nothing builds a connection better than thoughtful questions about the people you hope to work with. Asking how the interviewer’s role is changing for example is a good way to show personal interest.
Insider knowledge from your consultant about the interviewer can be an invaluable asset in designing the perfect question and make sure that your research includes a review of the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile to identify any background you share.
Clarify the future
Any good consultant will advise you to ask questions that let you know where you stand. However, rather than focussing on what concerns an interviewer may have try to frame this positively. “What skills or experiences might I need to develop that could help me succeed in this position?”. The answer will provide you with the opportunity to address anything the interview hasn’t covered.
Once you have thanked the interviewer, identifying the particular areas that have been of most interest, get some clarity on the next steps to the process. Asking about timelines will help level your expectations and asking what you’ll need to display at future stages will enable you to get some extra tips.
“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge”
Questions are your opportunity to bring the interview to an end on a real high. They convey your strengths, create a personal connection, confirm the role is right and clarify where you stand. For more advice about what to ask and how to ask it give us a call.
What are you favourite do’s and don’ts for interview questions?