Top 10 Questions To Ask in an Interview to Increase Your Chances of Receiving A Job Offer
Receiving a job offer is no small feat nor is it for the faint of heart. Finding a job often deals with alot of ups and downs and savviness.
On the flip side of the coin, as a potential job candidate, you also have to interview the interviewer to see whether or not the job is right for you.
Let’s take a look at 10 questions to ask the hiring manager if you want to increase your chances of receiving that golden ticket, a job offer.
Here are some well-planned questions to ask the hiring manager:
1. On a scale from 1–10, compared to the other candidates, what would you rate my candidacy for this particular role?
I love this question because you are ultimately putting the “ball in your court.” Most experienced managers would decline to respond with a number rating. However, you’ll find that a lot of inexperience or experience hiring manager will ultimately give you their score. If in fact that they do give you a hard number rating under 10, your next question should be, “What makes me a #?” Followed by, “What can I do or tell you to convince you that I’m a 10?”
2. When can I start?
This is an old tried and true question to ask in any interview. Asking this question says that you are a candidate who really wants the job. There is no harm in asking for what you want as it shows that you are poised, confident, persistent, and relentless.
3. What’s preventing you from offering me the job today?
Remember that you are the ultimate driver of your career goals. If you are not asking this question in your interviews, you should make this question a priority. Why? Because you need a clear understanding of what’s in the way of preventing you from being rewarded with job offers. What one hiring manager is thinking is probably what every hiring manager is thinking. You need to put the concerns to rest once and for all.
Hiring Manager: Well, you just don’t quite have enough experience.
You: Well, how can I obtain any experience if you or no one is willing to take a chance. Someone took a chance with you. How did you fare?
Hiring Manager: We want to take a look at a number of candidates before making a decision.
You: I’ll make it easier on you, stop searching for other candidates. I’m the right candidate for the role.
Hiring Manager: You don’t have your degree.
You: I have ample amount of experience that well trumps having a degree. Colleges don’t teach this position as a course and you know that.
4. Is there any doubt in your mind regarding my ability to perform well in this role?
Uncover doubts the hiring manager maybe having regarding your experience or background. Many hiring manager spend majority of their time weeding through candidates.
In a pile of applications and resumes everything is at stake such as where you live, years of experience, quantitative accomplishments, or achievements, where you went to school (sadly), degrees, certifications, and software that you’ve mastered.
5. Is there anything clouding your judgement on my candidacy?
Apologies in advance if this question seems repetitive or similar that to the previous question. Sometimes, you just have to word it differently in order for you to make sense for some managers.
6. Are there any objections you have regarding my candidacy that we can discuss?
Again, you may have to ask some questions different than others. Nevertheless, uncovering and knocking down any objections is the key to success in selling yourself in job interviews.
Clearing asking this question tells the hiring manager that you know that they may have things about your candidacy that they may be opposed to. Not that long ago, hiring managers did not like the fact that I took on a bunch of contract roles.
My resume looked as if I was a career hopper, not loyal, and would leave at the first sign of trouble. Nevertheless, those hiring managers could not have been any more wrong.
I long wanted to work for a company that would value me and one that would not give up on my potential. Once you find that one company you will be setup for success.
7. What would be the absolute deal breaker between offering me the role and another candidate?
In any potential job opportunity, there are simply things that the hiring manager is just not willing to sacrifice. If you don’t like making 50 cold-calls each day and the hiring manager knows this, then that maybe the deal breaker.
Instead, the hiring manager will then find someone who absolutely loves to make cold-calls.
Often times, a degree is a hard deal breaker to show the hiring manager that you are willing to go out of your way to research solutions to a problem instead of being solely dependent on them. Hiring managers love candidates who can think for themselves as many great managers are no micromanagers.
8. What’s your stance on a diverse and inclusive team environment?
It is a sad truth but yes and please add this question to your arsenal. You need to know what kind of hiring manager you are dealing with.
There are subtleties that you may uncover about the hiring manager regarding potential bias. You will want to get the inside scoop on their thoughts and feelings as you maybe a minority applying for a role where coworkers are discriminative.
Would you view that as a challenge or would you continue on with your job search?
9. What else can I tell you that would persuade you that I’m the best candidate for this position?
You are selling your experience and need to find out whether or not if the hiring manager is “on the fence” regarding hiring you or not. However, the goal is to as least be his or her first or second choice.
However, the ultimate goal is to be their only choice. Asking this question could mean the difference of being decline for the opportunity or being reward the opportunity.
10. Offer me the job today and I promise it will be the single best decision you’ve made for your department since you’ve joined.
In good fashion, while this is not a question but rather a statement, it is always good to end your interview with a solid power statement. This question shows that you are willing to roll up your sleeves to do whatever it takes to be a top contributor.
When asked if you have questions in an interview, are you asking these types of questions? Let me know in the comments to get the discussion going.
If not, I’m positive that asking these 10 questions will put you way ahead of the candidate pool. You will be place you at the very top of the list and you will be rewarded a job offer.