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What's the best question to ask at the end of an interview?

There is a lot that has been written on the subject and most of it is pretty useless. There is one guy who has some pretty standard answers to it that all have at Here's what I think is the best question to ask and why it works.

A lot of people tell you to ask about the job. In fact, you should have done that before the interview really started, had the hiring manager tell you about the job that they are recruiting for so that in this way, you can talk about what you've done that relates to that, rather than just simply talk about what you've done. In this way, by the time you get to the interview, you have already heard a lot about the job. This is the one that makes the most sense.

Let's say it's a year from now when I come on board and I haven't just done a good job. I have done a spectacular job. As a matter of fact, if it's not the best it's minimally 1 of the best of someone that you've seen in a role like this. What what I've accomplished during this year that would cause you to think that way?

The reason that this works so well is (1) you get an idea of what the hiring managers thoughts are about the next year for you. Yes, you have set a pretty high bar for yourself, but would you want to hear. With the high bar would be in the managers mind? If it is crazy, why would you want to get involved with it? I know you not to be lazy when you go to work at 1 of these firms. I know you try hard, particularly out of the gate. If you find out before joining that the hiring manager is a lunatic, you head off a problem, right?

If the expectations are reasonable, if they can be met, it is worth knowing that before you join. In addition, in the managers mind, you set the idea that you want to aim for the high bar. That serves you well because there are a lot of people that he or she is going to interview that are going to aim for mediocre results. I identify what would cause them to think of you as a high achiever, you are saying to them, "I want to be a top performer. What would make you think that way about me? What I have to do to achieve that in your mind?" It makes a huge difference in interviewing; you can going to more depth about some of the challenges the hiring manager is facing.

But it all comes back to, "Let's say you hire me and it's a year from now and time to give me my review. I haven't just done a good job; I'm done a spectacular job. The job I've done is amongst the best that you've ever seen, if not the best. What what I've accomplished during that year that would cause you to think that way?"

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 


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