We all know the typical questions employers ask candidates to find out if they are the right match for a position, but what questions do successful jobseekers ask themselves before they talk with a potential employer?
Today we are going to look at 7 of the most important questions you should ask yourself before an interview.
What Do I know about the Company?
If the answer is nothing, a good candidate will do their research before applying for the job or scheduling an interview. The jobseeker who knows more about his or her potential employer is one step ahead and won’t be caught off guard by new information during the interview or training process.
What Does the Company Know about Me?
A successful jobseeker knows what is on their resume as well as what information they have made available elsewhere. These individuals are aware of the information that pops up when employers Google their names and have made sure they have tidy and semi-professional social media profiles.
Why Do I Want the Job?
Jobseekers who have asked themselves this question are prepared to talk about their response in detail to a potential employer. They have taken the time to truly question why this particular position is something they want and how they are a good fit for it.
What Can I Handle?
Individuals who know the answer to this question are more likely to find a job that perfectly fits their abilities; they will not take a job that is too difficult or seek a position beneath their set of skills.
What Motivates Me?
Both the jobseeker and the employer benefit from the jobseeker’s ability to answer this question. When a jobseeker knows their abilities and what motivates them, it makes working with the jobseeker easier, more enjoyable and productive.
Am I Prepared?
No individual, no matter how personable, talented or intelligent, can completely recover from showing up to an interview unprepared. Employers would rather choose a candidate who has made the proper preparations before an interview than one who hasn’t. The individual who comes prepared shows that he or she knows what is required and truly cares about the position.
What Makes Me Special?
This doesn’t need to come up in an interview. In fact, a person who immediately says why he or she is special may seem conceited. However, when a jobseeker knows what his or her special talents are, they appear more confident when talking to a recruiter or employer.