Candidates can control their fate by asking these 5 questions
Ok, I’m fortunate to have learned a few things after setting up 5,000 interviews in my 28 years as an agency headhunter.
For one, many employers don’t know how to interview talented candidates. For another, HR sticks too closely to specs and job descriptions. And most importantly, candidates are so eager to talk about themselves that they often fail to ask the right questions.
What are the right questions?
- What do you expect me to accomplish in this role?
- What current obstacles are there in the way to accomplishing these things?
- What are next steps in the hiring process?
- Is there anything else you or I need to know?
- When can I start? (assuming you want the job, ask for it)
Ask the first two questions early in the interview. Ask question 3 about midway through the interview. Save the last two for your “close.”
Make sure you take notes and write down the answers you get. You are now ready to respond intelligently to the employers’ questions framed in their own language & expectations. Control the interview, don’t let it control you.