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March 22, 2011

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I asked the last one before (but how the article phrased it, not how FMF did) and I didn't get the job. :P I think it might be a good idea to phrase it the way FMF did, it's a lot more direct.

In an interview you are obviously trying to get an offer, so only going to ask questions that you think better that chance, not questions that you actually have (what do you think of my potential boss?, whats the work enviroment around here?, do you feel like you are making a difference or just pressing buttons?). What a stupid game.

Thats why the only one I like is the last one. Because it is the only one honestly getting directly to that point. "What do I need to explain to you about me so that I may directly confront your reservations and better my chance of getting an offer?"

I mean, "What are your goals for the company in the next year?" Seriously? talk about people (interviewer/interviewee) going through meaningless motions.

FMF, I used your question in a recent interview. Their answer was, "Well, not really, but if there was anything it would be your short work experience." I have only 3 years of full-time work experience, 2 of which were active duty military for a deployment with my National Guard unit (1 year training, 1 year deployment), and I've only been with my current company for 1 year. I countered that although I have a relatively short work experience, I have a variety and quality of experiences that I feel is more valuable than simply having a longer history.

They ended up giving the job to someone who had been with the company for 8 years. I think that question helped me, but they just couldn't get past the length of experience difference. I think I will have a shot at the next opening. They seemed to like me.

I'm merely in the position of hiring people. If someone would ask me that last question (which nobody ever did in the last seven years), I'd probably only say that we need to assess the pros and cons of the different candidates. Of course it'd be interesting to have someone ask this question. When I have any concerns and need further background info, I'd ask for it and won't wait for the interviewee to ask.

I ADORE the last question and attribute much of my success this last job hunt round to that question. I phrased it less eloquently, like, "Is there anything about my background or ability to perform that is causing you questions my fit for the position? If so, I'd like the opportunity to help clear up anything." One interviewer took me up on it at both the first and second interview (and both times the concern was lack of experience, which I was prepared to explain), and the other interview said they had no questions about my fit for the position. I ended up receiving offers from both agencies.

I like the question because it gives you that chance to challenge any (mis)perceptions they have about you, and I think it says an awful lot about someone's character if he/she is inviting the interviewer to voice their concerns.

That's great that Udo asks all he/she needs to know up front, but a lot of interviewer do not do so and often make assumptions that because of one's resume or experience that they must not be a fit. This question cuts the crud and gets right to the point - what's keeping you from hiring me?

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