In this followup to 444 Most Popular Job Interviewer Questions To Prepare Yourself With, here are questions you should consider asking the interviewer instead of the other way around.
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Although the article keeps saying ‘company, company, company’, the questions are relevant if you’re applying for a position at any other kind of organization.
The Best Questions To Ask In A Job Interview
Questions 1-71 are about the job itself
Questions 72-111 are about the company
Questions 112-131 are about the boss
Questions 132-162 are about the team
Questions 163-175 are about feedback and next steps
- Why has this job opened up?
- Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
- How long has this position existed?
Tell me some of the reasons people like working here.
What do you see ahead for the company in the next five years?
Who do you consider your customers to be?
What is your company’s market or target demographic?
What makes your company better than your competitors?
Read all 175 questions
Every week, I receive scores of emails from job hunters all over the world who find me online and reach out to ask for help. Their situations vary in detail, but the gist of many messages I receive is this:
“Kathy, I’ve been looking for a new job for X months, and I just can’t land one. I’ve been interviewing in my field (which I don’t really like but it’s where I have the most experience), and I’ve been applying online for jobs where I can, but nothing seems to work. I’m really discouraged, and feel I’m at the end of my rope. I’m seriously considering changing directions in my career, but don’t know where to begin. Can you offer any advice?”
I personally know what this feels like. I lost my job after a brutal layoff in the days following 9/11, and I took months to regroup. I also struggled to find work after my first career reinvention (from corporate VP to therapist), and I know how disheartening it can be when, try as you might, nothing comes to fruition. Clearly, times are tough. But I’ve also seen that there are certain steps we can take to positively impact our job search outcomes. Often, those who remain stuck are relying on outdated methods of finding work that won’t yield positive results today. Here are some commonalities:
1) They’re approaching it in the wrong way.
The majority of unsuccessful job seekers I hear from are approaching the process the wrong way. If you are focused on submitting your résumé online only or sitting at your computer looking at LinkedIn LNKD +3.24%, you’re not going to have the success you long for. Today’s job search requires that you “bring yourself to market” in ways that will open new doors, build great connections, and get your name out there as someone who will enhance an organization. It requires in-person connecting and making your mark, not just online submitting. (Recent studies have shown that 80% of jobs are found through networking.)
Get out there in the world and start making waves (the good kind). For example, reach out to all the colleagues you’ve ever enjoyed and respected, and reconnect, and ask how you can be of service to them. Go to every industry or association meeting in your field and share in a compelling way what you love about the work you do (don’t go just to say “I need work.”) Volunteer to support a fabulous project in your community that will further your connections and demonstrate your talents. As Forbes writer Susan Adams recommends, start your own networking group where you meet weekly or monthly to support each other’s efforts. In short, stop “hunting” for work, and start being a source of positive energy, wisdom and motivation to others, and doors will open.
2) Discouragement and confusion (and paralysis) have set in.
When you’re looking for work, you need to understand that you’re facing very stiff competition, for every position you’re exploring. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. She wants the best match she can get for the money she’ll pay, and today, employers don’t have to compromise on what they want. What do hiring managers want? They want someone who not only has all (or most) of the skills, experience, and background that match the job perfectly well, but they need to see excitement, commitment, energy, a can-do attitude and an upbeat personality from the candidate. If you can’t find a way to muster those qualities, you’re going to struggle. (If you’re finding depression has set in and you feel you might benefit from outside help to navigate through it, don’t hesitate to explore some therapeutic support.)
Reasons 3,4, the solutions, and the complete Forbes article
by Diana Foster
It’s all about the top 1/3
Recruiters, Hiring Managers, and HR professionals have very short
attention spans and don’t spend a lot of time reading the résumé.
This is why it’s more important than ever to have a résumé that grabs their attention in only a few seconds. Like, I’m talking 6 seconds or less.
Since the human reader typically scans a document from the top down,
the top of the page is the most important part, specifically the top
If you can instantly communicate what you have to offer in the first
third of the résumé, the reader will be more likely to continue reading,
provided the rest of the document is written effectively (which is a
whole other topic).
Alternatively, if you don’t generate interest on the top 1/3, the
reader won’t be as “invested” in reading the entire document and might
decide to move on to the next better résumé.
How do you grab the hiring manager’s attention in a few seconds?
You create a knock-out headline. I’ve talked about this for Linkedin profiles.
For the purposes of this article, I’m NOT referring to the target job
title (i.e. the specific title of the job you are sending your résumé
for) which I’m assuming you are including in your résumé.
What I’m referring to is one line that’s located in the top 1/3 of
the résumé, located above the professional profile. It’s a phrase or a
series of words that convey what your value is.
If you have shown a target job title, the headline would be something
in addition to that although you could combine the target job title
with the headline so you’re using up only one line and not two.
The whole point with the résumé headline is to motivate the reader to
continue reading, similar to a newspaper or magazine headline.
See the rest of the secrets and the full article