In this week’s KIQ, we change things up a bit and feature a question that you should be asking at an interview.
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When you’re preparing for san interview, it’s natural – and wise – to Google the potential questions that you may be asked. But at some point during the whole process, the recruiter will often ask you if you have any questions for them. This is an opportunity not to be waste.
One good question to ask is “Who succeeds in this position?” or, to phrase it carefully, “How would you define success for this position?”
This is the kind of “insider information” about the position you’re competing for that you can’t easily find on the internet. The hiring manager who answers this question will probably provide insight as to how your career goals align with the company’s priorities.
According to Lynn Taylor, workplace expert, author, and leadership coach:
“Their response will likely elicit such invaluable input as specific skills they seek (you’ll pick up a lot more nuances than what’s included in a written job listing); the real priorities for the job (you’ll know this because of emphasis and time spent on each); an inside perspective of what it takes to secure the position (they’re in effect telling you specifically how to sell yourself according to their needs); and their culture, work ethic expectations, and style.”
Have you asked this question in an interview before? What’s the best question you’ve asked a potential employer? Let us know how in the comments.
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