Sunday, March 1, 2020
5 Unique Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
5 Unique Questions to Ask in a Job Interview We all know the line weÃ¢â¬â¢re supposed to work into the Ã¢â¬Å"Do you have any questions for us?Ã¢â¬ section of the interview. Typically, we take a deep breath and ask our interviewer to talk us through a typical day in that particular office so that we can get a idea of the workplace culture. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a great question. But everyone is asking it, pretty much verbatim. Here are five alternative versions that will help distinguish you from your fellow interviewees, and will also be a refreshing way to get the same answers from your interviewer.1. Ã¢â¬Å"What do you feel prepared you most for this job?Ã¢â¬ ItÃ¢â¬â¢s sort of a backwards way in, but youÃ¢â¬â¢ll find your interviewer will end up emphasizing the parts of her background that were most useful for acclimating to that particular environment. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll get a sense of the size and scope and daily feel of the company from which of her skills were the most appropriate preparation for the job.2. Ã¢â¬Å"What makes this [company] special?Ã¢â¬ No matter what kind of company it is, asking how it distinguishes itself from others in the field can be very revealing. If itÃ¢â¬â¢s all about hard numbers and results, that will tell you one thing. If it emphasizes personal relationships and loyalty, thatÃ¢â¬â¢ll tell you something else.3. Ã¢â¬Å"Why are you excited about filling this position?Ã¢â¬ This might be the best way of discovering your bossÃ¢â¬â¢s goals and whether your vision of the job aligns with their vision of the job, or the particulars of what youÃ¢â¬â¢d be doing day to day.4. Ã¢â¬Å"How do your companyÃ¢â¬â¢s values affect your work on any given day?Ã¢â¬ Probably best to do a bit of homework first and have a specific value in mind when you ask this one. One that company has been explicit about in its marketing materials or in the job listing. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a good way of showing off your thorough preparations for the interview, and also making sure the company is really do ing what they say they care most about.5. Ã¢â¬Å"How would you describe the leadership style here?Ã¢â¬ This is probably the best way of finding out if youÃ¢â¬â¢re going to be walking into a nest of micromanagers, without the stigma of actually asking that outright. And itÃ¢â¬â¢s a great way to see whether your working style will jive with your bossÃ¢â¬â¢s working style.