At some point in your life you will encounter a job interview that asks you if you have any questions about the position or the company. This is your time to shine! So many people miss this opportunity to make an impression by asking a superfluous question or by simply not asking any question at all! Let’s say for metaphor’s sake that we are warriors and The Interview Question is our sworn enemy. You know it can attack at any moment, and when it does you not only want to be prepared to defend against it…you want to be prepared to defeat it; to conquer it. In order to do that, we must understand our enemy.
And it all boils down to one thing: Perception.
That’s what the interview question is all about. Your interviewer wants to understand where you are coming from –what perspective are you bringing to the table and will it strengthen their company. All of that information can be garnered from a simple question, and you tell your interviewer more than you realize in the energy exuded during the asking of the question. The enemy can strike at any moment, make sure when you fight back your fight is one of action and not reaction! In this article we’ll illustrate how to properly use the interview question to your advantage using an example question:
What is your favorite aspect of working for this company?
Using the example question connects you to the interviewer on a personal level (which any good interview question should). A question that connects with your interviewer is akin to a weapon that bypasses your enemy’s armor, making your metaphorical conquest that much easier. You have sidestepped the hierarchy of employed and possibly-employed while showcasing that you are looking forward to your position for more than just a paycheck. As a bonus, your interviewers answer could unwittingly give you inside information that can aid you in the second interview if it is required. Who knows, maybe they’ll tell you something that will spark a passion for your possible position that will exhibit itself in the confidence and pleasantness you exude during the remainder of the hiring process!
Ask your question with sincerity. Make eye contact, react thoughtfully, and if the conversation is going well don’t be afraid to ask another off-the-cuff question! Don’t forget that in this interview you are the star! This is the part of the interview where you can let your personality shine by revealing it through the question you ask and the confidence you ask it with. Show the interviewer your perception of the world: A perception that assumes success and integrity will always be achieved. The perception of someone who will do the best job they possibly can, just to say they did. Look into your enemy’s eye and let them know that you’re the best and you know it.
Make sure your body language doesn’t display uncertainty while asking your question. Sit up straight and relax your shoulders, make sure your legs are not crossed and both feet are on the floor. Don’t fidget or play with your hands. Remember: your focus is on your interviewer and her answer, don’t let your body distract you from that. Don’t be off balance or your enemy can take you down!
Most importantly, always and forever, is be confident. YOU GOT THIS. You wouldn’t be here reading this blog if you didn’t. You’re dedicated, you have initiative, and in the very act of striving for this job to better your life and increase your opportunity you have come to embody the very ideals of success. Using our metaphor, the fact is you don’t even have to fight your enemy at all. You’re such a charismatic diplomat that you turned an enemy into an ally that will work for your advantage! Never forget that you’re the best!
Written by Andrew Fairley
Reviewed by Molly and Sylvester Gittens
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