Unspoken Questions You Should Answer in Every Interview
Congratulations! You have been called in for an interview for a position that you recently applied. Here are four unspoken questions you should answer before leaving this job interview!
Are you excited about the opportunity?
This seems like a given, right? However, you’d be surprised to know just how many individuals have missed out on a good opportunity simply because they failed to show any enthusiasm for the role. It is very important to let your interviewer know that you are excited about the opportunity and appreciative of the chance to interview for the role. Don’t just assume that your interviewer already knows. Make it clear to them during the interview.
Are you capable of doing the job?
In order to show that you are capable of doing the job, you must first have a clear understanding of what the position entails. Once you have a general understanding of the role, align the new opportunity with similar positions and responsibilities that you’ve had in the past. Explain how and why you were successful in previous roles, and then connect those specific accomplishments to the job that you’re interviewing for.
Have you done your homework?
One of the best ways to show interest in a position is to do your research. Before attending any job interview, you should always conduct a thorough search for information about the company, the position, the interviewer and the industry. Years ago, taking the time to do such thorough research before an interview would have shown great initiative. Today, it’s simply expected. If you want to be viewed as a valuable and serious candidate, let your interviewer know that you’ve done your homework. Remember to highlight any specific information that you found while conducting your research. The more you know, the better.
Do you get along well with others?
No matter what role you’re interviewing for, chances are you’ll have to come in contact with (or work alongside) other people on a regular basis. Employers want to feel comfortable knowing that you are very capable of getting along well with others. They want to know that you are not prone to conflict or easily irritable. They want to know that you tend to handle social interactions with the utmost consideration and care. The best way to express that you get along well with others is to show it. Ensure that every interaction you have on the day of your interview is a positive one. Once you step foot in the building, you should greet every person with the same level of respect and politeness. Be mindful of first impressions, and remember that a little kindness can go a long way!
Could you describe your perfect candidate for this role?
The answer to this question is revealing. Once the interviewer articulates for you what the perfect candidate looks like, you can then either reiterate your qualifications for the position or add anything that you did not mention before that directly relates to how your background positions you as the perfect candidate. It’s a great way to end an interview on a strong note.
What are your top priorities for the person in this position during the first 30 days?
When you ask this questions, you’ll be able to figure out what the company’s immediate needs are. In addition, if you do get the job, you’ll know what to focus on so you can reinforce the fact that they made a good hire.
When it comes to work, what keeps you awake at night?
This question shows you’re not afraid of a challenge. You’re focused on making a contribution to the business and helping your boss to succeed. It’s is a powerful message to be giving, which will make you appear more employable.
Are there any shortcomings in my application or interview that I could address now?
This is a “bold question, but it shows you welcome critical feedback. By giving them an opportunity to raise any concerns that might stand in the way of hiring you, you can address any weaknesses in your application that you were not aware of, increasing your chance of closing the deal and landing the job.
What values do you see in your company’s leadership that have contributed to your success?
This question gets at two things: How well does the interviewer know and understand the leadership of the company, and how does the interviewer view success? The answer can give you an insight into the company’s culture and what motivates and drives employees. Success through career advancement or development varies greatly at different companies, so it’s essential that growth expectations are aligned between the applicant and the company in order to reduce turnover.
Job Search Habits
Habits are a little of both worlds, often helpful – sometimes damaging. Some are great to keep and others can be your own worst enemy, preventing you from achieving your career goals or even getting an interview. Keep habits that are productive, toss the rest.
Advantages To Using A Staffing Agency
Staffing agencies have long been around to help companies and employers find qualified talent. There are many reasons why you should consider using one yourself. A huge benefit of using a Staffing Agency is to gain short term access to the skills you need in an employee. There are also time constraints to performing a thorough search, so it is often easier for managers to interview from an agency shortlist.
Make Yourself Easy To Hire
Social Media and the internet are being increasingly, if not permanently, used by recruiters and companies to connect with, search for, and hire new employees. How can you make the most of out this for your job search? Be a part of conversations about the career you seek. Have a positive and non-combative voice and don’t be divisive. Foster a self-brand that will leave people/recruiters with the impression that you can make difference and be a positive impact on the workplace.
Suggestions for Your Time During the Job Search
Too many people find themselves without work and it’s easy to lose sight of things while unemployed and looking for a job. Supplement your job search by reaching out to a staffing agency such as LaborMax Staffing and allow us to help you find a job quickly by accessing our list of hundreds of Kansas City employers for both non-skilled and skilled jobs.
Find Better Help, Hire With LaborMax Staffing
Since 2002, LaborMax Staffing has been dedicated to relieving the stress and burden of hiring new talent for companies. Specializing in both skilled trades and non-skilled roles, manufacturing, light industrial, construction and clerical jobs, we provide customized services to find you the best candidates available. It can often be a burden for employers to dedicate the resources, personnel, and time to finding to the right candidate for an opening in the workforce. LaborMax Staffing brings together the sophistication of a well-managed HR department, screening processes, and payroll/benefits to relieve your company of the pressures associated with hiring new talent.Our recruiters make the difference by connecting on a daily basis with our large talent pool of recurring, reliable employees and new connections made every day. In addition to their commitment to building your team, our recruiters ensure that each applicant is screened properly and trained to your satisfaction. Safety is paramount at LaborMax Staffing and we strive to provide it by working with clients and talent who value it also.