Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers three questions you should ask at the end of every single job interview.
I want to speak with you today about ending an interview extremely well and extremely powerful. In this particular approach, you will know very clearly how the firm sees you–whether they see was qualified or unqualified for the role. He will leave no mystery whatsoever. It also serves the purpose of leveling the playing field between you and the hiring firm.
Invariably, there is a section of the interview where they ask, “So, do you have any questions for us?” I have covered this in previous videos about how to best answer that question.
Now, is the interview is winding down there are a few more questions I want to encourage you to ask. This is past the point were you talking about the job or their assessment criteria once you are onboard; this is really at the wine down phase.
1. Do you see any gaps in my experience or employment that you believe I need to fill? Asking this will give you insights into how they judge you for this position.
2. Are there any reasons that you judge I’m not qualified for this role? This is the magic question because if you have any of that experience, you can cover this point by saying, “Oh! I’m sorry I didn’t cover that in one of my earlier answers. This is what I’ve done related to that. Would you like to ask me more about that because I want to make sure you have all the information that you need.”
3. Now that you’ve had a chance to interview me, are there any reservations that you have about putting me into this role? Again, this gives you an opportunity to address any concerns that they have so that, in this way, you have had a chance to take your “tennis racket” and send it back over the net to them, make them ask more questions, investigate more fully. You have to remember that, sometimes, the interviewer is not particularly skilled and has a finite amount of time where they are evaluating and assessing you. They miss things! This gives you ways of finding out there thinking at the end of an interview so that, at the end of the day, you know exactly where you stand.
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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