It is imperative that candidates prepare for job interviews as much as possible. There is only so much a candidate can do to prepare, and one thing that should not be overlooked is preparing questions to ask the interviewer. We are not talking about such questions as “What is the pay?” or “What are the job requirements?” We are talking about three questions that leave the a lasting impression on the interviewer.
What Were the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Last Person Who Held This Job?
One of the most important questions you should ask the interviewer to leave a good impression is ‘what were the strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job?’ This is an excellent question to ask because it shows the interviewer that you are concerned about how the job is handled and what you can bring to the table. It also shows the interviewer that you are thinking outside the box. The previous person who held the job might have been promoted, might have been fired or might have resigned to take a job elsewhere. By asking this question you will be able to determine what type of employee the company is looking for to fill the position.
How Do You View Your Division/Department?
The second question that will impress interviewers is ‘how do you view your division/department?’ This shows the interviewer that you are concerned about how management looks at their departments and their views of those working within the department. It also lets the interviewer know that you want to work in an environment that is positive and has a good outlook on everyday duties. Asking this question will also help you figure out where the department fits into the hierarchy of the company and what some of the advancement opportunities could be for you within the department.
What Are the Most Immediate Challenges of the Position That Must be Addressed in the First Three Months?
The third question you should ask is ‘what are the most immediate challenges of the position that must be addressed in the first three months of employment?’ We are confident that not every candidate asks this question of their interviewer, which is why you will blow him or her away when you ask it. This lets you know what is expected of you as soon as you take the job and lets the interviewer know how serious you are about the position.
Contact the experienced recruiting staff at SmartTalent in Renton, WA to discuss strategies how to best prepare for interviews as a candidate.