"Do you have any questions?" is the job interview question that's always asked. If you want to make sure the job is the perfect fit for you, ask this one question about your core values. Photo by Samuel Mann.
As USA Today explains, the process goes like this: Identify what's most important to you in the workplace. It could be having autonomy, personal development, serving others, or any other core value. Choose the top one or two that are non-negotiable. Then, when the interviewer asks what questions you have, share your top value, explain why it's valuable to you and the company, and then ask how the company works with that value.
Here's one case example:
In my interview last week, I explained my value of efficiency. I told the interviewer that I've worked for companies that were very efficient and I've also been in companies that were extremely inefficient, with lots of outdated rules and bureaucratic red tape. Companies that value efficiency, in my experience, make more money, have more engaged and talented employees, promote innovation and creativity and generally get a whole lot more done. Then I asked what their company's value around efficiency was.
A few days later, the interviewer called to tell me that was the best question he'd ever heard in an interview -- after he offered me the job!
This one question can help you find the job that will really suit you and have a more meaningful interview.