Interview Strategies to Land the Job
You're sitting in a job interview, focusing on keeping a good posture, maintaining eye contact and hanging on every word that comes out of the interviewer's mouth. They ask you if you have any questions about the job description and company profile they quickly rattled off to you during the first ten minutes of the meeting. All eyes are fixated on you, and it's your turn to shine.
This exact scenario hits close to home for most job seekers, and far too often job applicants suddenly become tongue-tied when the interview is finally turned over to them. The golden rule is to always have a few questions ready to be fired off, but what if your mind goes blank?
There are a few ways you can take advantage of this job Q&A session, and turn the interview into a conversation. Not only will it allow you to relax a bit with a slightly more informal conversational interview, but it's a chance to let the interviewer get to really know you.
1. Turn the Tables
Many times an interviewer breaks down the job opening and the company so much that you simply don't have any questions about the position you're interviewing for. Turn the tables by asking the interviewer more about their role in the company. Ask how they got started in the industry and what brought them to that company. Not only will the tone of the interview be a bit more personal, but if you listen closely you can garner a few insider tips on what the office environment is really like.
2. Look to the Future
If you want to ask a question about the company, but aren't sure what to say since most of the information was available on their website or recent press releases, ask what the company's future goals are. More specifically, ask about the department you're interviewing for and if they expect to grow and take on more responsibilities. This lets you show your interest in the company and your desire to stick around long term.
3. Sell Yourself
Sometimes the hiring manager asks you if you have any questions, but you can tell that they're rushing through the interview and clearly don't want to be there. In that case, this is a great time to get the last word in and sell yourself. You should be able to pitch yourself in under three minutes, summarizing your skills and delivering your speech with the utmost confidence. Getting in the final word is a great way to keep your words fresh in the interviewer's mind, even long after you've left the room.