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11 Smart Job Interview Questions

11 Smart Job Interview Questions

  1. What new challenges/opportunities is your organization facing over the next year or two?
  2. How might this position have positive impact on these new challenges/opportunities?
  3. Imagine 2 employees have been hired for a year; one has done well, the other didn’t. What 3 things did each do to earn their respective performance?
  4. If you could improve 3 things about your organization what would you improve?
  5. What makes you grateful, optimists and concerned about your organization?
  6. What qualities those who are adding to your organization have?
  7. To what do you attribute the advancement of those who have gotten ahead in the company?
  8. What 3 things in this organization differentiate the great people from the good?
  9. What does success look like in this position?
  10. What 3 challenges/opportunities will the person who earns this position face in the first year?
  11. What do you enjoy about your job? (Shows interest in the interviewer.)

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MORE IDEAS FROM 12 Questions that Make you Look Like a Genius During Job Interviews

  • The questions you ask show who you are. They reveal your concerns, values, aspirations, and priorities. Avoid questions that show low engagement, fearfulness and arrogance.
  • Leaderly questions are above all forward-facing. Leaders think more about where they are going than where they have been.

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Five Questions That Impress Hiring Managers
  1. Do you see any major changes in the position or workplace in the coming year?
  2. What can I do to really "win" at this job?
  3. If you were to leave this company, what would be the reason?
  4. What growth opportunities does the organization offer?
  5. Is there anything else I can share to put me at the top of your list?

Hiring managers appreciate it when you ask questions that makes them think and be able to deliver insightful answers. It shows your drive, ambitions, and willingness to invest in the company.

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Answers To Common Interview Questions
  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t tell your life story; answer clearly and concisely. Focus on professional accomplishments.
  2. Why should we hire you over the other applicants? Say, “I don’t know the skill of others, but I do my own,” then highlight your strengths and talents. Show them how you will bring value and contribute.
  3. What’s your greatest weakness? Turn it into a positive while avoiding the “perfectionist” cliché. Instead, say, “I have weaknesses, but I focus on improving in all I do. I work through my weaknesses and leverage it by concentrating on my strengths.”
  4. What would you like me to know about you that’s not on your resume? Say, “I have the right mix of interpersonal and work-related skills to be successful. Also, my personality and skills are a good fit for this position. I’m friendly, I enjoy collaborating and working with others.” Then, add a story of how your skills and attitude made a difference.
  5. How honest are you? Straightforwardly state your high ethical standards, and offer your references as backup.
  6. How would you describe yourself in three words? State the qualities that set you apart and give a concise explanation. Focus on unique qualifications and communication skills.
  7. If you could be a superhero, what super powers would you want? Give a brief answer, tied to your professional strengths.
  8. Why do you want to work here? Say something that aligns you with what the organization does. Keep it close to the company’s stated mission if possible.
  9. Why did you leave your current employer? Don’t criticize your previous employer. Say “I’ve outgrown my opportunities there and am looking for a new opportunity to be part of a great team.”
  10. Can you tell me about a time you’ve clashed with your last manager? Tell them that clashes are unavoidable but there is a way to work through things. If you tell a story, make it mild and with a happy ending. Stay positive and focus on communication and moving forward through conflict.
  11. What would your last boss say about you? Stay brief and positive: “I’d hope they would say I work hard and learn fast. I’ve learned much from their mentorship.”
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Talk about commitment to career, improving your value to the organization and your passion for excellence. Don’t talk about your goals or dreams.

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  1. Screening call or on-site interview: lengthy when done by HR and short when it’s someone technical, also not a good time to fire all your questions.
  2. Technical interview: where your knowledge is assessed by professionals of the field.
  3. Technical assessment, homework or pair programming: a practical test of your skills.
  4. Final interview: meeting the rest of the team or company leaders.
  5. Offer.

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