Sure, when you head into an interview you’re primped and ready for the hard-hitting questions like where you see yourself five years from now, however you may be asked three important questions that may be weighed heavily by the hiring manager.
According to a post on Inc., Jeff Haden says the interviewers who adhere to the following technique will get the most out of the interview. In turn, assuming you’re the job seeker in this situation, there are three questions to be prepared for. (And if you’re the hiring manager, it seems like the following three questions will pave the way to get a comprehensive picture of the candidate.)
For starters, Haden recommends the job interviewer start at the very top, asking the candidate’s work history from then until now. In the piece he writes, “Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.”
As the candidate explains each job, he suggests interviewers ask the following questions…
1. How did you find out about the job?
2. What did you like about the job before you started?
3. Why did you leave?
Here’s why the questions can be very revealing. Apparently if a candidate finds jobs through generic postings, in the piece John Younger, CEO of Accolo, says he or she “probably hasn’t figured out what he or she wants to do–and where he or she would like to do it….He or she just wants a job. Yours will do–until something else comes along.”
In addition, if you’ve moved down the road in your career and a former colleague or boss hasn’t plucked you from your current organization into theirs, he points out that’s “a red flag” mainly because it shows you didn’t properly build relationships and show a level of competence.
For the question asking about what you liked about the job before you started, Haden indicates candidates should allude to taking the job due to its great opportunity, chance to learn or take another step in their career.
And lastly, for the question regarding why you left a specific employer, the answers can range from exploring a better opportunity, higher salary or to get out of a bad environment. Younger explains in the piece, “When that is the case, don’t be judgmental. Resist the temptation to ask for detail. Hang on to follow-ups. Stick to the rhythm of the three questions. That makes it natural for candidates to be more open and candid.”