What's an interview about? It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not.
An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.
Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is all too easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because, after all, you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed.
With that in mind, I've done my twice-a-year update to my collection of "twenty best interview questions" below. My aim here is to arm you with easy-to-ask, revealing-to-answer questions for you to take with you into an interview.
When I ran these questions previously, commenter LBRZ wrote in and said:
I have to thank you! I had an interview yesterday and it went great. When I asked about his leadership style and reward system his face lit up like a christmas tree.
After he answered the question "how can I help you receive your next promotion?", he began to give me advice on how I should negotiate for a higher starting salary.
And that's exactly the point, Readers. By asking these questions, which focus on the needs, traits, and preferences of your future boss and future employer, you're demonstrating that you are somebody who is genuinely interested in their well-being. And the more interest we show in others, the more commitment they show to aiding our cause.
And with that, here are my twenty best questions to ask your interviewer:
1. What's the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year? Does your group feel like the recession is over and things are getting better, or are things still pretty bleak? What's the plan to handle either scenario?
2. If I get the job, how do I...
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