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A company-based one first…
1. Based on the direction of the company, what do you think will be your greatest accomplishments in the next three years?
Organizations need to be able to think at least three to five years into the future. But, you don’t want to join an organization that only thinks about the future. Thinking is nice, but companies that act and build things and have clarity around specifically what they’re going to do are worthy of you. Join them.
It’s a great question because it helps you understand whether they have a vision and if they have clarity regarding specifically what they want to build.
Questions two, three, and four are about you and your role…
2. What are the qualities of people who are most successful in this position?
You’re looking for the traits the employer wants. The reason it’s a great question is you’ll get the actual traits they’re evaluating and you can use that insight immediately to highlight how you and your background and experience match those traits! Plus, it’s a great setup question for the next one.
3. If you were to give me an offer and I was to accept it, one year from now, what will I have done specifically that you would consider this hire to be a raging success?
It gives you clarity to make sure you could actually achieve those objectives. And, it gives you ammunition to use within that interview or subsequent interviews to talk about exactly how you’ll accomplish what they consider a success.
You now know their (year-end) goal is. Get them to envision you completing it for them.
Boom. This one wins the interview even though you’re not done yet. Let’s pile on a bit…
4. If you were to give me an offer and I was to accept it, within one week of starting this job, what will be my biggest surprise?
This is a little safety net for you. You want to make sure you’re uncovering information you might not have uncovered with the questions you’ve designed.
It gets the interviewer thinking hmmm, what might this person not ask in the job interview I could share or what surprised me when I first started with the company?
Naturally, the interviewer’s inclination will be to provide you a negative surprise. That’s just (unfortunately) the way most people think.
It puts the interviewer on the spot. Ka. Boom. Bonus.
Don’t forget your boss…
5. What’s your management style and what are your expectations of the position you might not have already mentioned?
Andrew LaCivita is an internationally recognized executive recruiter, award-winning author, trainer, and founder and chief executive officer of milewalk and the milewalk Academy. He’s dedicated his career to helping people and companies realize their potential, consulting to more than two hundred organizations and counseling more than eleven thousand individuals. He often serves as a trusted media resource and is the award-winning author of Interview Intervention, Out of Reach but in Sight, and The Hiring Prophecies.
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I like to pay it forward and share other people’s work too. Here are some other sources for questions: