Sr. Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Brandi Satturlund identifies common mistakes people make during job interviews and offers some great tips to remember to help make your next interview a big success.
When you walk into an interview, you’re most likely focused on providing the “right” answers to the interviewer’s questions. But over the last decade, one thing I’ve learned is the questions you ask at the end of the interview are just as important as the ones you answer at the beginning. By asking the right questions, candidates can gain valuable insights about the role, the company culture, and potential fit within the organization. Moreover, preparing thoughtful, deliberate questions to ask your interviewer demonstrates your interest in the company and can show them that you’re focused on building a career at their company.
Since joining Assurant in 2016, I’ve been fortunate enough to support several critical hiring initiatives around the globe. I’ve interviewed hundreds of prospects. One of the biggest determining factors of whether a candidate progresses past me to the hiring manager is the questions candidates ask me during an interview. In addition to prequalifying their skill sets and functional expertise, I want to uncover their motivations and identify what drives their decisions. The truth is that individuals spend so much time examining job descriptions and researching the company that they forget to interview the company. But “a perfect marriage takes two to tango,” as the saying goes. And although companies spend a lot of money to engage, nurture, and onboard top talent, candidates arguably have a higher stake in the game.
As the labor market becomes increasingly competitive, here are six solid questions that future candidates can utilize to differentiate themselves from the competition and ensure the company is a good fit for the next steps of their career.
Interview Questions to Ask Prospective Employers and How to Evaluate Their Responses
Job interviews are a two-way street, allowing candidates and employers to assess the potential fit. By preparing thoughtful questions to ask at the end of an interview -- like the ones mentioned above -- candidates can gain a deeper understanding of the company, the role, and how their skills align with the organization's needs. With this knowledge, candidates can confidently decide if the position is the right next step in their career journey. Remember, a well-prepared interviewee is more likely to make a positive impression and find the perfect match between their skills and the company's needs.
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