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  • - Hi there, it's JT

  • and welcome back to Work It Daily.

  • In today's video, I'm going to give you

  • eight smart questions to ask hiring managers

  • in job interviews.

  • But before I do that,

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  • Alright, so what do you do when you're in an interview

  • and we get to that end where the hiring manager

  • looks at you and says, "Do you have any questions for me?"

  • Well, of course you do!

  • In fact, it is very important that you ask questions.

  • I wanna tell you that recently

  • an employer I know reached out to me frustrated

  • and said, "I hate when I ask that question

  • "and the person says, 'No, everybody's been really nice,

  • "'I think I'm okay.'"

  • That person, he told me, does not get hired

  • and the reason for that is that they have real concerns

  • if you aren't asking questions,

  • if you aren't doing your due diligence

  • and if you aren't having enough value in yourself

  • to ask some clarifying questions

  • to make sure that this place is the right place for you.

  • Remember, we always tell you here at Work It Daily

  • that you are a business of one,

  • selling your services to an employer

  • and you wanna make sure that it's a good partnership.

  • So to do that, you've gotta ask questions

  • to make sure that this is the right place for you.

  • It's like kicking the tires or looking under the hood

  • to make sure that you're making a good investment.

  • So with that in mind,

  • let's take a look at the eight questions

  • you should be asking in your next interview.

  • So before I break down the eight questions,

  • I'm gonna tell you that they fall into four categories

  • and we call them the four C's.

  • Now, by covering off on these four C's,

  • you're gonna make sure that you're asking

  • all the questions necessary to make a good decision

  • about this employer.

  • And those four C's are

  • connect, culture, challenges, and close.

  • What do I mean by that?

  • Well, connect simply is you connecting

  • to that hiring manager, to that person

  • that you'll be working with.

  • You wanna ask some questions to help you bond

  • in the interview.

  • As far as culture goes,

  • you wanna make sure this is the right

  • corporate culture for you.

  • Does this company believe and have values

  • and go about business in a way that you respect

  • and that you trust so that you can put

  • your best foot forward?

  • With respect to challenges,

  • you wanna know what's keeping them up at night

  • so that you can make sure

  • these are the kinds of challenges

  • that you actually wanna work on

  • and leverage your skills to be successful at.

  • And then lastly, close.

  • You wanna end this interview, this conversation,

  • on a high note.

  • You wanna leave very clear on what the next steps are.

  • So once we know the four C's,

  • it gets really easy to create questions

  • that we can ask in the interview

  • to make sure that we're getting the information we need

  • And that's what I'm gonna show you next.

  • So we're starting with connect

  • and the first question you should always ask

  • in an interview is,

  • "How did you come to work here?"

  • This is an opportunity for you to bond

  • with this individual by learning how they got hired

  • by the company.

  • What drew them into the company?

  • What made them decide this was a great place

  • for them to work.

  • This is gonna give you a lot of insight

  • into their own decisions

  • and what they're like as a worker.

  • The second question is,

  • "What do you love most about working here?"

  • It's really important that you ask

  • a positive question that let's them talk about

  • all of the things that they love about the employer.

  • This is gonna be a great chance for you to bond

  • and share a love for the things that are great

  • about working at this company.

  • Plus, you're gonna be able to evaluate

  • whether or not these sound like things

  • that you really care about.

  • Remember, these questions are designed

  • for you to get insight into whether or not

  • this company is a good fit for you.

  • So while they're very positive questions,

  • it's also giving you a chance to evaluate

  • whether or not it's a fit.

  • The second C is culture,

  • specifically corporate culture.

  • And the two questions you're gonna ask here

  • are around individuals that have been hired at the company.

  • The first question is,

  • "Tell me about the most successful hire

  • "you've made recently.

  • "Why has that person been very successful in their role?"

  • This is gonna help you understand who's being recognized

  • in the organization as a high performer.

  • And you wanna listen carefully.

  • Let me give you an example.

  • If they tell you about a person who came in

  • and worked 80 hours a week

  • and took everything that they had to do

  • and worked with no budget

  • and really was able to knock it out of the park,

  • does that sound like a place you wanna work?

  • Does that sound like a place with work life balance

  • that has their ducks in a row?

  • No!

  • So if they're recognizing that as a good hire,

  • then you know this probably isn't the right place for you.

  • Now the second question you wanna ask

  • is the polar opposite,

  • "Tell me about a hire recently that didn't work out.

  • Why did they fail in their role?"

  • And once again, you wanna listen closely

  • to the answer because we wanna see if the traits

  • or characteristics of that person who failed

  • sound like yourself.

  • If you don't think you can be successful there,

  • if this person sounds like they really

  • couldn't have ever won in their job,

  • then you're gonna know that this isn't

  • the right place for you.

  • Now the third C is challenges

  • and specifically the challenges the company

  • is going to be facing in the coming year.

  • So that first question you wanna ask is,

  • "Tell me about the biggest challenge

  • "you think the company will experience this year

  • "and how will this job help to overcome it?"

  • What you're doing there is showing them

  • that you understand, you're a business of one,

  • you're a service provider and that what you're going to do

  • is help them solve a problem and alleviate a pain.

  • So by asking them what that pain or that problem is

  • and how you can help solve that,

  • you're really sending a message to them

  • that you understand your role if you get hired.

  • The second question you wanna ask regarding the challenges

  • is around performance.

  • "How will I measure my own performance

  • "to ensure that I'm having a positive impact

  • "on this challenge?"

  • Once again, you're taking full ownership

  • of your work, of your effort,

  • and by telling them that I understand

  • that I'm supposed to do that,

  • you're sending a clear message to them

  • that you really will be accountable for your actions

  • and that's a great selling point there.

  • At the same time though,

  • if they come back to you and say,

  • "Well, there's no real way to measure

  • "and we won't have any idea of whether or not

  • "you're making an impact,"

  • that would be a huge red flag to you

  • because you're gonna wanna be able to do that

  • in order to get a promotion or get a raise.

  • What kind of company can't measure your impact?

  • That's the sign of a company

  • that you probably don't wanna work for.

  • So you can see again

  • why these questions are really important,

  • not only do they set you up well with the employer

  • by showing that you know what you're talking about,

  • but it also is giving you some key insight

  • into whether or not you wanna work there.

  • Now the fourth and final C is about close

  • and that's how to properly close out this conversation.

  • So the question that you wanna ask,

  • and this is gonna sound a little crazy

  • but I tell you, it really works, is,

  • "If there were some skills or experience

  • "you wish I had that would make me a better fit

  • "for this job, what would they be?

  • This is your polite way of asking

  • if they feel you have any shortcomings

  • or if there is something deficient

  • about what you've presented to them today

  • during the interview.

  • This is a chance for them to call out

  • and explain any certain skills or experience

  • or things that might make them hesitate in hiring you.

  • And so asking this question shows that you understand

  • you're not a perfect candidate

  • but that you do wanna know what you could've done better.

  • By the same token, if they do share something with you,

  • you now have an opportunity to say,

  • "Oh, but I didn't share this experience."

  • Or, "Maybe I didn't tell you about

  • "this skill set that I have."

  • It's a chance for you to overcome that objection,

  • maybe realizing that you didn't give them everything

  • they needed to hear today.

  • So that's a really important question to ask.

  • Now that last question is,

  • "What are the next steps in the process?"

  • And that's because you wanna understand where you stand

  • and what has to happen next for you to get hired.

  • You don't ever wanna leave a job wondering

  • when you'll get a phone call,

  • when they'll follow up,

  • when they'll make their decision.

  • So asking this question is gonna help you

  • get that information

  • and they're likely gonna tell you some things like,

  • "Well, we have a few more people to interview,

  • "you'll hear by this date,

  • "you'd need to come back in for another interview,"

  • but at least you'll have that information.

  • You won't be staring at the phone

  • or staring at your email

  • and wondering whether or not you got the job.

  • The other great thing about that is that

  • if they give you a date or a deadline

  • and it comes and goes,

  • you now have a valid reason to follow up with them

  • and say, "You know, when we spoke in the interview

  • "you mentioned this would be the next step,

  • "that date's come and gone, is there anything else I can do

  • "to further my candidacy?"

  • So this is a really important question

  • for you to ask for your own peace of mind.

  • At the same time, it's gonna give you

  • a sense of how structured this company is

  • and really how well thought out their own hiring process is

  • so that you can get a clear sense of whether or not

  • they're the kind of company you wanna work for.

  • There you have it,

  • the four C's.

  • Connect, culture, challenges, and close.

  • And with two questions a piece,

  • that creates eight super smart questions

  • you should be asking hiring managers

  • in your next job interview.

  • Okay so now that you've got the eight questions

  • I've given you, I wanna hear from you.

  • Is there one particular question

  • you've asked in an interview that got a great result?