Ask This Question At The Beginning Of Your Next Job Interview

One simple question can set the stage for your entire interview when you sit down with a hiring manager for the first time, face to face: "So, what are you looking for in a new hire that will make them successful at this role?" Essentially, before you spend the whole interview talking up your skills and experiences that the interviewers may think is entirely unimportant or irrelevant to the position, find out up front what they're interested in and shape your interactions to suit their response.

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This tip comes to us from Google recruiter Michael Junge, who shared his experiences with the blog SavvySugar. The advice is sound — having been on both sides of the interviewing table, it's important to know right out of the gate what your interviewer is looking for, and as an interviewer, you don't want a candidate that you've already decided is good enough to bring in for an interview to waste time talking about things that aren't relevant to the job.

We've discussed some other questions you should ask in your interview to leave a good impression, but this should definitely be at the top of your list. Any other interview tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

Google Recruiter: Ask This Question at the Start of the Interview [SavvySugar]


    I always like to grill the senior devs about what makes them stay at the company and what are the top 3 reasons I should continue with the interview. Too many people think it's a privilege to be interviewed but it's the other way around. It's their privilege to even have me put away time to talk to them!

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    My response? "I was hoping you could give me the answer to that question, let's find out"..

    I like to ask whether it's important to proof posts before publishing them to the company blog, because I like my tiny faint font to start from the middle of my posts, and other minor non-issue variables to piss off pedantic readers, and incite passive aggressive inter-reader trolling. Also, @titanium has a small one.

    I said this in the middle of an interview, and the guy totally blocked me off saying, "no it doesn't work like that" , i don't think this question works, because it asserts your authority over the interviewer, their ego will be annoyed at you, and its a blantant way of just tailoring and morphing your answer, rather than letting the interviewer feel like they have the power in controlling and probing. I much prefer to let them feel like they are good interviewers by revealing favourable information humbly via their questioning.

    This pre-supposes that interviewers ask questions because they want to know the content of the answer. e.g. they want someone who can use Linux so they ask "Can you use Linux?". Apparently by asking your own question straight up, you'd know they wanted someone who can use Linux so you would answer "Yes." If that is the case then you have only demonstrated you know how to tell people what they want to hear.

    What actually happens is that interviewers use behavioral questions. "Give me an example of a time... blah blah blah ...and how did you... blah blah blah?" They aren't really interested in the content of your answer. What they're looking for is how you address their question and how confidently you respond to it. If they want to know what skills or experience a person has they'll look at their resume. If they can't tell from the resume whether the person has the necessary skills and experience then they shouldn't have asked for an interview.

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