12 CRITICAL QUESTIONS – Asked during an Interview to know more about you and your future prospects
Since companies generally prefer to retain talented employees, the interviewers are always keen on hiring candidates, they believe will be stable and stay with the organization for a longer duration. Apart from the qualifications, background and professional experience, the hiring manager is also keen to know about the candidates plans for the future.
Employers may ask this question in different ways. Some of these include:
- What are your goals for the future or what are your career goals?
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
- What are your future plans in case you were to get this job?
Your response to such questions will assist the interviewer to know you better and understand if your future professional goals and expectations from the role match what they have to offer.
In continuation with the previous blog, below are a few frequently asked questions which are related to you and your future plans.
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- What are you expecting from this job? What is important for you?
What They Want to Know: The response to this question will let the hiring manager know whether a candidate shares the organization’s values and also if he/she will be dedicated to their success.
While answering this question candidates should
- Research and have knowledge about the organization and its goals and objectives.
- Emphasize on how your goals are quite similar to those of the company.
- Do not claim to be something you are not
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
While this question may be a bit cliché, it assists to determine if the role you are applying for loosely aligns with your long-term goals.
The candidate should respond in the following manner:
- Reflect on how your goals are relevant to the job role.
- Visualize the experiences you would like to have on your resume in the next five years.
- Consider your interests and how they might evolve.
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- Would you still be interested in this job if you knew, at some point in the future, the work environment would change from an individual environment to a team-based approach?
What They Want to Know: The Hiring manager asks this question to check the candidate’s flexibility in being able to work both independently and as part of a new team.
The best way to respond to such questions is to try to be relatively neutral since at this stage of the process you do not know what it would be like to work for the company.
- Why should we hire YOU?
This question is considered as a differentiator and often asked by hiring managers to gauge whether you will be valuable to the organization in the future or only meet their current needs.
Candidates should not only share how they meet almost all the required criteria, but also share two to three additional abilities they possess. And those qualities might be beneficial for an organization.
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- What makes you unique?
Hiring Managers usually ask this question to do a comparison between the prospective candidates. Basically, to identify and understand “Why you are more qualified than the other interviewed candidates?”
While answering this question candidate should focus on why hiring him/her would benefit the employer. Candidates should emphasize on his/her background, traits & knowledge and also why their experience makes them a good fit for the organization.
- What is your greatest strength?
Employers often ask this question to know about the behavioral skills of a candidate which is not mentioned in the resume or profile. These skills might be beneficial for a role or might match the values of an organization.
The candidate may have quite a few strengths but pick the one which assists the organization the most. Is your expertise associated with a particular behavioral skill or technology? Avoid discussing irrelevant skills which are not connected to the Job. For example, your Sudoku solving skill (unless Sudoku expertise is a requirement for this job).
- What is your greatest weakness?
Hiring Manager creates this trap to know “Whether the candidate is self-aware of his/her areas of improvement and if he/she is open and honest, particularly about their weaknesses.”
The candidate should avoid speaking about any weakness that will disqualify him/her from the selection process. However, be honest and genuine with your answer. Instead of faking or shying away from sharing your weakness, one should respond that they already have a plan to overcome this weakness through training or practice.
- How do people describe you?
The Hiring Manager asks this question to have a general sense of your personality. They will want to know your perception about what others think of you and the reasons for it.
The candidate should be creative and should share real-time incidents to back up while answering this question. Try to present attributes that make you sound like the go-to person in any workplace.
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- What do you know about us?
With this question, the Hiring Manager wants to know about your interest level towards this particular job. They are basically keen to meet people who are serious about working in their organization.
While answering this question, the candidate should show his/her excitement towards working with the organization. They should have done proper research about the company and not be dependent only on information listed on the company’s website. Do some heavy research — perhaps find some articles on the company or get in touch (via networks) with people who are currently working in the company to know about their culture.
- Why are you leaving your current job?
The Hiring Manager asks this question to assess if the candidate is a flight-risk employee or someone who will stick around and align themselves with the company’s vision.
For responding to such questions, candidates should prepare a well thought out answer that showcases their deliberate effort about this job change. Instead of focusing and stating negative aspects about your current or previous role, focus on the future and what you hope to gain in your next assignment.
- What is your salary range expectation?
The Hiring Managerasks this question to get a sense of whether or not they can afford you in the organization and make sure your expectations are in line with the amount they have budgeted for the role. It also allows them to know that you are aware of your worth.
Make sure that while answering this question, you are flexible with your range. Do research in the market and industry before quoting a compensation range for the particular role.
- Do you have any questions?
Asking such a question during your interview reaffirms your interest level in the job to the person conducting the interview.
This question allows the candidate to explore any subject that has not been addressed and shows the interviewer that you are excited about the role. Be careful while choosing the question as it can leave a great impression on the interviewer to the extent that it might become the deciding factor & help you bag the role.
ALL THE BEST!! & BE PREPARED