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Ending the interview with the question “What’s your favorite thing about working here?” It will give you some insight about the positive things about working there, plus they get to talk about things that make them happy, leaving the interview on a good note (and a lingering favorable impression on you). If they can’t find sufficiently good things to say, avoid taking a job there.

Ask the question “What do you believe is my biggest weakness (for this position/as a candidate/employee/etc.)?” Most will be semi-thrown off by the question, and will answer with a significant amount of honesty, thus will afford you the opportunity to address the shortcomings/their concerns. Also they will see you as someone who not only accepts feedback, and actively seeks it to improve.

(For jobs further “up the ladder”) Ask “What are the biggest challenges you guys are facing right now” (or maybe the more expensive question of “what’s your least favorite thing about working here”. Only ask this question if you know what you’re doing, ha-ha). Depending on how they answer, you’ll be able to get a sense on how things are going internally and where the fight will be, or if it’s an environment/company you’ll want to avoid.

Schedule your most important interviews after the ones you are less excited for. That way you can get some real “practice” interviews in, allowing you to see where you could have interviewed better and improve. By the time your “most important” interviews come around, you’re well-rehearsed and refined (especially compared to your first interview run).

Walk in feeling confident. Do whatever it takes for you to feel confident; be well prepared, dress well (and think you look good), get there early so you don’t feel rushed, listen to music that pumps you up before hand, experiment with power poses (link). Also be sure to smile and genuinely be happy to be there. People are fundamentally social creatures, and subconsciously pick up on a whole array of cues people don’t realize they are sending out. If you are radiating out confidence (go for “humble strong confidence” and not “arrogant/full of him/her-self”), they will pick up on that and subconsciously think very favorably of you.

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Treat applying for a job as if it is a full-time job.

  • Every job interview is great practice; even if an interview does not land a job, it still provided valuable experience
  • Learn the importance of “corporate culture”
  • Talk with others who work or have worked at the company to which you are applying
  • Market and stress your most transferrable skills, skills that allow you to be utilized in a variety of capacities
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The Basics

Moving from Interview to Job Offer

Ask questions

You might think this goes without saying, but many candidates are not prepared to ask questions in an interview. Always have at least five questions you can ask when the interviewer asks the inevitable inquiry, “What else can I share with you about our company or the position?” It’s a classic interview-closing question, so expect it. Be prepared.

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed.  It’s about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Sample Questions

Ask how a person can be seen as a top performer or how the future of the company looks gives a great impression. Asking about the culture is good too, as in ‘So how long have you been with the company? What do you like most about working here? What is your biggest frustration working here?’

Incorporate your research

If you’ve done your homework, you’ll already know some of the issues the company or industry as a whole is facing. Never ask an interviewer something you can find out online. If you’ve really thought about how the position you are applying to add value to their company, you’ll be way ahead of the competition and will be able to focus your responses to intrigue, inspire, and motivate your interviewer to want to talk more. Better yet, you’ll move one step closer to making them your next employer.

Don’t leave without the info

There are three important pieces of information you should never leave the interview. What is the process they use after the interview? What’s the timeline for making a decision on this position? When should I get back in touch with you?


Cenedella, M. (2014) It’s not about me, it’s about you… the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview. Retrieved from http://www.cenedella.com/its-not-about-me-its-about-you-the-21-questions-you-need-to-ask-in-a-job-interview-4/