5 Questions to Ask an Interviewer

We’re often subjected to lofty articles written by our future superiors intent on telling us what they want. What we, the candidates, might want never seem to factor into the equation.

At least not beyond the trite “must want to fit in with passion“.

There is a competition, of sorts, amongst hiring managers, particularly those who feed from the bottom rungs of the managerial ladder, to see who can find the coolest-sounding interview question designed to unnerve and belittle the humble job-seeker.

Here’s the thing. If these guys end up wanting to hire us after the interview, so will their competitors. We can hold-off on accepting their offer while we seek out a better one elsewhere. Their offer is leverage to us. Their killer interview questions as predictable as they are dull.

Do you remember this one, that was all the rage a few years back?

You’re driving past a bus stop and see a sick old lady, your best friend, and blah blah blah

They got it from a Bruce Willis film.

It’s the 21st Century now. We’re not interviewing for a job for life anymore, we’re interviewing for jobs that will last for a few years at best. But we have to pretend otherwise in order to play the interview game because HR are unable to drag themselves out of their 20th century thinking.

Here’s five questions we love to ask interviewers.

Is this a new position and if not why did the last person leave?

Of all the things we have discussed what is the single most important quality that you look for in a candidate and do you think I possess that?

Before making my decision can I have the opportunity to meet the team?

How many team members over the last two years have achieved a promotion?

What was your biggest personal success as a manager?

You will want to study their faces as they listen to these questions as it will give you a great insight as to how they behave under pressure.

As we all know, there is nothing worse at work than a manager who can be cocky in the interview room but falls apart when things go wrong.