Asking Better Questions During Your Interview
April 25, 2022
In my last article, I talked about “behavioral questions,” and preparing for behavioral interviews.
I’d like to take this topic one step further, because YOU can ask behavioral questions during the interview as well!
During a formal interview, you will be given the chance to ask questions. This is an important opportunity because the answers you receive can help you determine if it’s the right job for you.
For example, let’s say your interview is with the person who would be managing you. Here are three standard questions that interviewees might ask:
- Can you describe your managerial style?
- How do you recognize your employee accomplishments?
- What professional development opportunities are available?
Again, those are common questions, and they aren’t bad! But they also won’t get you a lot of information. How a person describes the way things are supposed to be is very different from how their employees experience it or the stories that emerge from the organization.
What if we turn these standard questions into behavioral questions?
Here are some ways that you might do that:
- Can you give me an example of feedback you’ve given one of your employees before the review process?
- What type of recognition or acknowledgement have you given your employees over the last couple of months?
- Can you give me a couple of examples of how your employees have taken advantage of your professional development opportunities over the last year?”
If you’re thinking that asking these types of questions might be difficult to ask, I’m going to agree with you. It’s a different way of asking and so they take practice!
Asking behavioral questions like this can be very powerful for helping you determine if the company you are interviewing with is the right fit for you. So, take some time to practice, whether it’s with a friend or a career coach. That will enable you to ask your questions with confidence and conviction.
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