Ask the questions that will lead to a job offer. At the end of an interview, to gauge your interest, the hiring manager/decision maker will ask if you have any questions. Consider this the key that will unlock the door to your dream career.
Thus far, you have done everything necessary to succeed. You have done your career research, applied for jobs, sent out your resume, conducted informational interviews, and networked properly. You have earned your interview because you have taken the appropriate steps to catapult your resume and application to the top of the pile. For more on career searches, please visit “Career Search Overview” by Qetesha Haynes.
The best way for you to reward yourself for all the hard work involved in a career search is to prepare for the interview. You should always formulate your questions for the interviewer in advance so you can ask them enthusiastically. First, you should prepare a question about the organization for which you are interviewing. Make sure it shows you have researched the organization. Next, prepare a question that shows you are the best possible fit for the particular career opportunity. For example: “You mentioned this role required Internet savvy. In my past roles, I was the go-to person for Internet projects. Am I right to assume most of my assignments in this role will be Internet-related?” Before you leave the interview, make sure to confirm the next steps in the hiring process.
If you are comfortable with the interviewing process, please try the following question technique because it will score you points in the interview. Inquire about the qualities past candidates possessed that led to their success. When the hiring manager asks you to talk about yourself and your qualifications, try incorporating the qualities the interviewer shared with you about previously successful candidates. End the summary by asserting with a subtle nod, “My background appears to be a perfect match for the role as I understand it.”
Always prepare questions in advance and practice before the interview because these steps will increase the likelihood of a job offer. Good luck on your interview. You will do well if you are thoroughly prepared. For more information about career preparation, please read “Interview Tips” and “A Digital Portfolio Provides a Professional Advantage” by Qetesha Haynes.
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