A job interview is a time to both present yourself as an excellent candidate and to find out more about the company, team, and role so you can make an educated decision if you receive an offer. Part of that education is figuring out what you need to excel in the role.
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You can find that out with just one question, laid out by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. You can tweak the question to fit the conversation, but you want to focus on finding out what made previous employees stand out and exceed expectations of the role.
Thinking back to people who have been in this position previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great?
Besides setting yourself apart from other candidates by not asking a cookie cutter question, the interviewer’s answer highlights the effort you’d need to put in to be great at the position, and the level you’d need to meet to move forward in the company. The bonus is that if you do get an offer and accept it, you know from day one what you need to succeed.
A Great Question to Ask Your Interviewer [Ask a Manager]