What happens when applicants turn the tables on you during interviews? Are you (or the supervisors in your workplace) prepared? Poor answers can hurt your chances of winning the candidate.
Here are 13 applicant questions to be prepared to answer:
- When employees have been successful in this job, what positions have they moved to—inside and outside the company?
- Can I talk with employees I’d be managing?
- Are there any big companywide initiatives coming in the next fiscal year?
- What’s the organizational structure of my department (and/or the company)?
- Describe the corporate culture. What kind of employee behavior conforms to it?
- What duties would I perform during a typical day on the job?
- How does the company reward above-average performance—beyond dollars?
- Where do you see this company in five years, 10 years?
- What are the immediate priorities for the person you hire?
- What aspects of the job have previous people disliked the most?
- In what ways can the team I will be working with improve?
- How much experience does the team I’d be joining have?
- What skills and abilities did the last person lack?
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