Ready to Ace your Interview? Don’t forget THIS Important Step.

by sysop in Acing the Interview

by Liz Hine

What do you think is the most important part of the interview? Is it showing up on time? Answering questions in a clear and concise manner? Demonstrating your expertise in the subject area at hand? All of these are important, but one of the quickest ways to botch an otherwise great interview is actually what happens at the end of the interview.

In a recent blog by author, keynote speaker and media contributor, Dave Kerpen, he talks about The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview. And the answer is: ask great questions! Why is this most important part of the interview?

  1. Asking great questions shows that you are actually interested in the specific role and the organization.
  2. On the flip side, asking questions that are easily answered by looking at their website or a quick Google search will show that you are unprepared and only interested in selling yourself to the company and not finding out if the position provides a mutually good fit.
  3. The interview team has been selected for a reason – they might be your future boss, coworkers, or employees. Showing interest in each individual person, their positions, and  why they like working for the company can make or break your interview.

If your interview has many rounds, be sure to save some questions for each round of the interview process. While it may be true that the first team answered all of your questions, if you don’t have any questions left for the remaining interviewers, you demonstrate a lack of interest in getting to know them and their reasons for being at the organization. Don’t miss out on such an easy opportunity to see the organization’s culture from a variety of perspectives, and in doing so, help you understand if that organization and role are truly going to be a good fit for you.

What are some of the best questions you’ve asked in an interview?