One Question You Should Ask During Your Interview

When you’re preparing for an interview, of course you want to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. But be sure to take the time to plan the questions you want to pose, as well.

The best interviews are really conversations, as well they should be. You want to know if the position is the right fit for you—just as much as the company does. After all, your job takes up a good portion of your waking hours, so the company you join has to meet some of your basic needs.

One thing to ask about is why the last person left the position. The answer will tell you a lot about the dynamics of the company. Is the job vacant due to a promotion? Great. That means there’s room for advancement. Did the person get fired? That calls for additional probing to figure out what caused the company to take such drastic action. Is this a new position? Great again. That means growth, but also calls for more probing to see if it’s smart growth, or the kind that will have you out of a job in three months.

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2 Responses to “One Question You Should Ask During Your Interview”

  1. “One thing to ask about is why the last person left the position. The answer will tell you a lot about the dynamics of the company.”

    100% of the companies will lie if they fired the prior person.

    An American interview is to 90% lying and acting.

    If you would really telling the truth you will never get a job.

  2. Klaus hit the nail right on the head. All employers want you to be truthful, but 95% of the time, that is not going to get you the job. Prospective employers are so hung up on work history gaps and whether your experience is ultra-recent, that they end up losing out on good employees. Employers don’t want to hear that you took temp work to try and stay busy, and now your your work history gaps are even larger because the temp outfits did not keep you busy. I have applied to over 1500 jobs in the last 6 years, with about 2 dozen interview, and 5 job offers. 2 job offers were rescinded because of my high blood pressure( jeez, I wonder why?). Another job was rescinded because I did not pass their company physical( I could not lift 119 lbs over my head safely- I almost threw my back out doing it. And two other companies could not keep me on steady, so they laid me off. Long story short- I half to explain these every time I interview, which I believe keeps me from getting steady work. So as long as I continue to tell the full truth, I will continue to stay unemployed.