How to Ace a Job Interview

Looking for a promotion, or a new job? When preparing for your next interview, it’s one thing to get your resume in order, and intelligent responses to the questions you’re anticipating being asked. To separate yourself from the other candidates, develop your list of interviewing questions to ask so you are prepared to interview the interviewer.

As a potential candidate for a new position, you may feel confident and prepared for the interview process. You’ve practiced your response to the questions you anticipate being asked.

However, to truly separate yourself from the rest of the candidates and make yourself memorable and a fit for the position in the eyes of your next potential employer, make sure you are prepared to interview the company you may be working for.

In fact, a survey by Monster.com reported that 95% of respondents said they’re looking for, or plan to look for, a new job this year. That means more competition for you.

The Interview Process Goes Both Ways

What many people don’t realize is, the interview process goes both ways. At some point during the process, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions about their company and the position.

Whether you realize this or not, how you respond to this question and the questions you respond with will either make you a prime candidate or quickly disqualify you. And as an employer, you’d question those candidates who don’t interview you.

Whether you’re interviewing for a new position in another company or for a promotion within the company you’re working for, this is your opportunity to ask the questions that demonstrate your critical thinking skills, level of interest in the position, how you will be a valued employee, and how you communicate so you stand out as the best candidate.

Most importantly, it provides you an opportunity to demonstrate the value you can give, not the benefits you’ll get.

11 Questions to Interview the Interviewer

1. How can I make your job easier?

2. Other than achieving sales targets, how else do you measure performance?

3. What type of ongoing training/coaching is provided?

4. What skill-set and ideal characteristics would make someone successful in this role? What are your expectations around this?

5. Would I have the chance to speak to other people in this role?

6. How can I deliver the most value to the team/department/company?

7. Where are the greatest opportunities you see that aren’t being leveraged?

8. How would you describe your management style? (Coaching, communication, etc.)

9. What percentage of salespeople are hitting or exceeding their sales targets?

10. What happened to the last person in this position? (If it’s an existing position your filling.)