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  • Hey, everyone.

  • It's Andy with this week's Tips for Work and Life.

  • We're going to talk about my top five questions to ask in a job interview.

  • We know what the problem is.

  • It's difficult to come up with great questions to ask in a job interview to make sure you're

  • getting the information you need to make a good career decision but also sell yourself

  • in the process.

  • I get it.

  • It's difficult.

  • You don't job interview very often.

  • You're not a trained interrogator likely.

  • So, I'm going to give you my five home runs.

  • I'm going to tell you what to ask, I'm going to tell you why it's a great question, and

  • how to use the information.

  • If you like this type of material, for those of you that follow me, you know I've got a

  • great free webinar titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview where I teach you how to answer

  • and ask questions in a job interview.

  • The attendees get a fantastic ebook called How to Interview the Employer: 75 Great Questions

  • to Ask Before You Take Any Job.

  • So, if you like that, I've got the link in the description.

  • You can check that out.

  • You can get that toward the end.

  • But let's roll.

  • Number one.

  • This is a question about the company itself.

  • You need to know whether it's a good company.

  • I love starting at the top and working your way down.

  • So, question number one is, "Based on the direction of the company, what do you think

  • will be your greatest accomplishments in the next three years?"

  • I want to pause because I know a lot of you follow me regularly and you know I hate "Where

  • do you see yourself in five years" and all that futuristic stuff.

  • But when you're talking about an organization, an organization needs to be able to think

  • at least three to five years into the future.

  • But you don't only want to join organizations that think about the future.

  • Thinking is really nice, but companies that really act and build things and have clarity

  • around specifically what they're going to do are worthy of you.

  • They're even better.

  • So, it's a great question because it helps you understand whether they have a vision

  • and if they have clarity around specifically what they want to build.

  • If there is not that clarity, they're basically saying to you, "I don't know if you'll have

  • a job in three years if I don't know where the company's going."

  • So, you want to make sure that you ask that.

  • That's a great question to ask early on in the process.

  • Questions two, three, and four are about you and your role.

  • So, question number two is a wonderful, wonderful setup question as you start to get into questions

  • related to your role.

  • I like to ask the employer, "What are the most successful qualities of people that are

  • most successful in this position?"

  • So, you're really looking for, "What kind of traits is the employer looking for?"

  • The reason that that's a great question to ask is, not only will it give you some specifics

  • about the qualities that they're looking for, but you also can use that information immediately,

  • whether right in that interview or in your subsequent interviews to really, really accentuate

  • how what you've done in your experience and in your work history matches the qualities

  • that they're looking for.

  • I think that that's a great setup question.

  • You can accelerate it even more with question number three, which is my absolute favorite

  • question to ask in any job interview.

  • But question number three is, "If you were to give me an offer and I was to accept it,

  • a year from now, what will I have done specifically that you would consider this hire a raging

  • success or hugely successful?"

  • The reason that that's such a great question is it gets the interviewer to give you specifics

  • about expectations, what they would consider successful.

  • It gives you that clarity to make sure that you could actually achieve those objectives.

  • But what it really does is it gives you ammunition that you can use within that interview or

  • subsequent interviews to talk exactly how you will accomplish what they consider a success.

  • Now you know what the end goal is for them in a year.

  • All you need to do is tailor your stories to show how you would actually accomplish

  • those specifics.

  • I guarantee you will be way ahead of the game when you combine the answers from question

  • number two and question number three as you tell your stories.

  • So, that's really a great one.

  • Question number four is a little safety net for yourself.

  • You want to make sure that you're uncovering information that you might not have uncovered

  • with the questions that you've designed.

  • So, question number four that I like to ask is, "If you were to give me an offer and I

  • was to accept it, within one week of starting this job, what will be the biggest surprise,

  • or what will be the first thing that surprises me?"

  • The reason this is great and the reason why you want to ask it is because it serves as

  • a little safety net.

  • It helps get the interviewer thinking about, "Hmm.

  • What might this person not ask in the job interview?

  • Or what surprised me when I first started with the company?"

  • It's really great.

  • It puts the interviewer on the spot.

  • Naturally, their inclination is to try to provide you a negative surprise.

  • Rarely will most of them provide a positive surprise.

  • It's usually a negative surprise just because that's the way we think.

  • So, it's really a nice little safety net for you.

  • So, that's question number four.

  • Then question number five, you've got to get some questions in there about your boss and

  • your boss' management style.

  • Four out of five people quit their job because of their boss.

  • You need to make sure that you understand your boss' management style.

  • So, question number five is, when you have an opportunity to talk to the hiring official,

  • your boss, whoever you're going to be reporting to, or even if it's a higher-up, is, "What's

  • your management style and what are your expectations of the position that you might not have already

  • mentioned?"

  • You might have already asked question number three, which was, "What are the expectations?

  • What would you consider to be successful?"

  • But you want to see if there's any specifics that the boss talks about in what he or she

  • is expecting, what they consider to be successful, what their style is, whether it's hands on

  • or hands off, or all that good stuff.

  • So, you want to make sure that you are in sync with that kind of boss and his or her

  • style.

  • So, those are my five faves.

  • So, number one, "What do you think the company's greatest accomplishments will be within the

  • next three years?"

  • Number two, "What are the best qualities of the people that are most successful in this

  • role?"

  • Number three, "If I accept this role, within one year, what will I have accomplished that

  • you think you will consider this a raging success?"

  • Number four, "If I take this job, what will be my biggest surprise within one week?"

  • Number five, "What is your management style?"

  • So, if you like this, please comment, like, and share on whatever platform you're watching

  • this.

  • If you're watching this on anything other than my YouTube channel or the Tips for Work

  • and Life blog, head over to the blog.

  • I've got loads more free content there.

  • In the notes, you can also sign up for my free webcast 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview.

  • Remember, attendees get, and it's on point with this video, attendees get a free ebook

  • called How to Interview the Employer: 75 Great Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job.

  • So, I hope that helps.

  • Until next week.

  • Have a great one.

Hey, everyone.

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