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7 Interview Questions To Boost Your Chance of Getting Hired

Research demonstrates that a job interview is either won or lost based on two essential ingredients. 

When combined, the following ingredients undoubtedly result in interview success:

1) Confidence

2) Enthusiasm

The challenge with both of these elements? If they are not applied in appropriate measure they can become too concentrated and, in some cases, may cause you to miss out on the role. Confidence can easily become arrogance and (over) enthusiasm may be interpreted as desperation.

Ask smart, savvy, and well-timed questions

One of the best ways to bring these two ingredients to the table without going overboard is to weave them throughout the interview by asking smart, savvy, and well-timed questions.

One of the most common pieces of positive post-interview feedback we receive is that interviewers were impressed with the thoughtful questions posed by the interviewee. Conversely, when we receive feedback that the interviewee “did not have any questions for us,” it’s often a deal breaker.

 

Avoid generic interview questions

Common job interview questions ("How do you define success in this role?") are no longer enough. To actively demonstrate both confidence and enthusiasm you need to show you can envision yourself in the job and establish how you'll thoughtfully approach it.

Asking astute, specific questions allows your interviewer to travel with you as you exhibit how you would tackle the role once it is awarded to you.

Here are a few tips for creating questions that demonstrate your competencies:

  1. Research your interviewer and ask them specific questions about their career path, how they ended up at the company and why they chose to sign on.
  2. Ask questions about what challenging or enjoyable projects your interviewer currently has in motion.
  3. Study the company’s newsroom, press releases, and/or coverage. Craft a question or two about something currently on their radar that few other interviewees would know about.
  4. If the annual report is available online, look through it and create a few questions from the inclusions.
  5. Ask about the role's mandate and contributions to bottom line (e.g. increasing revenue, decreasing expenses, improving efficiencies). 
  6. Rather than asking for your interviewer to articulate the organizational culture, ask them to describe how their teams celebrate success and take corrective action when they have gone off course.
  7. Review their social feeds, see what stories are being told, and cite a few of them when zeroing in on culture, brand, and values.

Write down all of your questions in a fresh, new notebook, bring it with you to the job interview, and get ready to reap the benefits!

Peter Reek

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