What employers look for in an interview

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There are many ways to leave a good impression with employers, but one great method is to ask good questions. This way, you look smart by asking the “right” questions and also get a better understanding of the role and company (this helps you to decide if you should take the offer when it comes).

Here are some good suggestions:

Tell me about your best performing employees
As much as you might want to get this information so that you can befriend them, what you are actually looking to know is how they work. What they are doing that makes them successful in the company. This gives you an understanding of what the company values, recognise and reward.

It tells the interviewer that you want to excel and want to understand if you fit into the performance expectation.

What is the company’s response to {a trend that is affecting the company and its industry}?
This tells you the company’s alignment, priorities strategy. You can decide if the company is one that you can work for and determine how they perform in the long run.

This tells the employer that you are have an interest and understand their business. It might even provide an opportunity for you to discuss and share your knowledge. But beware, you need to have a good understanding of the topic and its related issues.

What are your expectations of me during my probation?
This draws a picture of the type of employee they are looking for, what they value and the achievements you will need to clock.

Good candidates always have options and they are looking to be a good fit so that they excel. These are the ones that companies want.

What are the performance drivers in this company?
What you want to establish is the activities that drive growth and revenue, but importantly, where your role is in relation to the growth areas.

Bear in mind that you are an asset to the company (at least you should be!) and all assets should be to there to help the company earn money. Consider if you can be that asset—employers want to know that you are thinking about it.

To sum up, good candidates want to understand what the company is planning and how they might go about it—the good ones want to know how they can be a part of that and deliver value. Those candidates are the ones employers want.

This article is inspired by Jeff Haden’s article in Inc.com.

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