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6 Questions that Help Guarantee Interview Success

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Going into an interview, it’s easy to focus all of your attention on how you’ll answer the questions thrown your way.

After all, that’s how it works, isn’t it? The interviewer asks you questions, and the quality of your answers determines whether or not you get the job… right?

Not necessarily. As career writer Aja Frost at themuse.com learned from talking to a variety of hiring managers, your questions during an interview can be just as important as your answers. Sometimes even more so.

Here are 6 questions she discovered that can single-handedly win you the job at your next interview. Use them wisely.

1. What is the biggest daily challenge you face?
It’s amazing how many candidates approach interviews with a “what can you do for me?” mindset. This question shows your interviewer that you’re just the opposite: someone who’s willing to put the organization’s needs ahead of their own.

If you can offer a solution to their biggest challenge right then and there, you’ll be in great shape. If not, no worries — just be sure to give suggestions in your follow-up “thank you” email.

2. Where do you see this organization going in the next 10 years?
People who can see the big picture are in short supply. Asking this question is a great way to show interviewers that you’re focused on the future.

But the biggest upside to asking this question? It sends the message that you’re looking for a long-term commitment, which is every hiring manager’s dream.

3. What is the question you really want to ask me, but haven’t?
This is an especially good question to ask if you know your interviewer sees you as inexperienced, or unfit for the position in some other way.

If you have a disadvantage going into the interview, don’t ignore it and hope they won’t notice. (They will.) Instead, use the interview as an opportunity to address the issue head-on, and showcase how the pros of hiring you outweigh the cons.

4. How can I make an immediate impact once I’m hired?
Organizations have to start paying you on your first day. So ideally, they’d like to see you contributing as soon as you start.

This question shows you care about helping them see an immediate return on their investment. Bonus points if you can answer it yourself. But that takes research, so do your homework.

5. I’ve been following your (insert recent initiative here). How’s it going?
The nice thing about this question is, it proves to your interviewer that you’ve been following their company since long before the hiring process started.

Why is this music to their ears? Because it tells them you’re not just looking for any old job. Quite the contrary: you’re already committed to this job, even though you haven’t been hired yet.

6. What would make someone really successful in this role?
Hiring managers want to know if you’re the kind of person who does the bare minimum, or someone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to be their absolute best. This question shows you’re the latter.

Also, be sure to listen carefully to their answer. If you’re lucky, they’ll give you a step-by-step guide for how to achieve great things in your new position.

Now that you’re excited to interview, it’s time to find your dream job! Visit HealthCareerCenter.com to choose from thousands of positions, including top jobs with our featured employers.

 

The information in this article originally appeared on themuse.com. To read the original article, click here.