How to walk out of an interview in a blaze of glory.
In any interview, there’s one question that is most certainly going to be asked. And, how you answer it could instantly make you more approachable; hire-able; employable; and, most importantly, call-back-able.
The question comes near the end of the interview. It is;
“So, do you have any questions for me?”
How you answer this question will, in large part,determine whether you stand out from the competition. You see, while most job-hunting experts will advise you to respond with intelligent, creative questions such as “Why is this position vacant?”, “Do you promote from within?”, “Do you have a formal training program?”, etc. questions of this vain really don’t make you stand out.
The less boring and normal you are – and the more rules to which you are the exception – the more hire-able you will become.
So, try this: Next time your interviewer asks, “So, do you have any questions for me?” I triple-dog-dare you to answer with one of the following responses :
- Do you see any gaps in my qualifications that I need to fill?
- Are there any reasons I’m not fully qualified for this position?
- Is there anything I’ ve said today that might hurt my chances of being hired here?
- Now that you’ve had a chance to meet and interview me, what reservations would you have in putting me in this position?
- What have I accidentally said or done during today’s interview that’s inconsistent with your perfect candidate for this job?
This strategy will separate you from the competition in the following ways:
- You put the interviewer on the spot
- You demonstrate openness to feedback
- You exhibit dedication to personal improvement
- You close the sale
Think of this question as an opportunity to answer in a creative way that marks you as more approachable than your competition. It’s the time when you can truly distinguish yourself from the other candidates.
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From The Key Corporate Services Blog Team