How To Use A Proven Technique To Expose What Employers Are REALLY Looking For On Your Next Job Interview…Guaranteed.
I used to have no idea if I was asking the right questions after a job interview.
I could be sitting there while the interviewer asked me if I had any questions, and I’d be thinking to myself "What should I ask, that’ll really make me look smart and prepared?" But I didn’t know what to do, so I’d always depend on my Google supplied ‘interview questions to ask employers’ list as a crutch. This would often leave me sounding stilted-like every other college student, and many times I’d be at home wondering why I didn’t get the job, as I didn’t get a second chance.
Here’s what I do now:
When the interviewer asks if I have any questions at the end of the interview, I’ll ask…
"Who would you point to as a top performer in this position?"
(After they’ve given me the person’s name, I’d hit them with my next question…)
"What traits make him or her stand out?"
(I’d make sure to listen very carefully and take detailed notes on the specific traits that this interviewer values. Lastly, I’d ask my final question…)
"What specific actions or behaviors make him or her so successful?
(This one is CRITICAL. I’d be sure to capture ALL of the interviewer’s thoughts on what THEY think makes this top performer so successful in my notes…)
When the interview is over, I would go home IMMEDIATELY and write a killer follow up letter to each of the interviewers I met with. But not just any "generic" follow up letter that anyone could find online… Instead, I’d come up with a personal or professional success story that displayed the same attributes as the top performer based on the notes I had taken during the interview. Then I’d simply weave it into my follow up letter and send it out.
By using "The Maverick Follow Up Technique" I sound genuinely curious about the interviewer’s top performers, but by being very SUBTLE about it, I haven’t given them any hint at what I’m really after. I now have a way of knowing what the interviewer is really looking for in a candidate without asking them directly-and I know within 5 minutes what used to take me hours or days to try to figure out…
So what is YOUR dirty little secret question you like to ask employers?
Leave your best question ideas in the comments below, and let’s create a great collection to share!