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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 4th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
How do you feel I stand out from your other candidates?
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How to Answer
By asking this question, you are trying to find out the areas that the interviewer finds you to be the most impressive. If the interviewer tells you where you best stand out, you can use this information as positive leverage in your future interviews.

The interviewer will most likely not mention any details about the other candidates, but they should let you know a few positives stand-outs in your application.

Perhaps you are the strongest in a particular software program, or maybe your energetic personality makes you a great candidate. Whatever the interviewer's reply, be sure to thank them for the positive feedback.
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Question 2 of 30
Are there any expectations related to overnight travel or eventual relocation?
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How to Answer
Travel and eventual relocation are topics often included in the job posting, but they are not always. These topics are more relevant to specific job functions such as sales, business development, client management, or leadership positions.

If these topics remain unmentioned in the job posting, you can say: "Could you share with me if there is daytime or overnight travel in this role? Also, I know that your headquarters are in Texas. Will there be the potential need for relocation at any point?"
Question 3 of 30
Who does this position report to?
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This question is a simple one, meant to be asked in early stage interviews, only when you do not know who oversees the day-to-day activities of this role.

It is common to report to more than one person. Once you are told whom you will be reporting to, be sure to go on LinkedIn and study their profiles and past career. This information will be helpful to you in your future interviews.

If the interviewer is not yet sure who you will be reporting to, this is an indication of internal restructuring. If this is the case, you need to dig deeper and ask more questions about the way the office or department is set up.
Question 4 of 30
What is your management style?
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This question is a very direct one, and forces the interviewer to give you a substantial reply regarding how they plan to manage you, should you be the successful candidate.

There are a variety of management styles and, before your interview, you should put thought into the management methods to which you best respond.

These are the most common styles of management:

- Administrative (process, process, process!)
- Authoritarian (they thrive on authority)
- Democratic (participative decision making)
- Laissez-Faire (minimal direction, you are self-guided)
- Leaders (motivating and influential)
- Political (all tactics and strategy)
Question 5 of 30
Which tools and resources would be provided to me, to ensure my success?
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How to Answer
Tools and resources to ensure your success can range from technical provisions to events and educational opportunities. What you are looking for with this particular question is evidence that the company will invest in you and guarantee a positive experience for both parties.

An interviewer should be able to give you at least one to two examples of ways they invest in the success of their employees. Some tools that are available to employers are:

- Personality Assessments. These comprehensive assessments, such as Gallup, will show your employer how you are motivated, the learning methods you best respond to, and the leadership styles you prefer.

- Expert Management. When junior, inexperienced people are placed in leadership positions without training, nobody wins. The interviewer should be able to assure you that those you are reporting to are experts in their realm.

- Individual Development Plans. These plans are roadmaps for employees, created in collaboration with their leader. The strategies focus on timed goals that are measurable. Most IDP's are visited quarterly, like a performance review.

- Clear Metrics. If you have clear targets and expectations, you are more likely to succeed in your role. If an employer lets you roam, hoping or guessing that your performance is satisfactory, you are more likely to become disengaged and quit.

- Constructive Feedback. Having a manager who will give you on point, in the moment feedback, is incredibly valuable to any employee. Your responsibility then is to make sure you can accept all feedback graciously while also implementing necessary change immediately.

- Organizational Structure. The less hierarchical the organization, the more likely you will be to succeed. When a company is built flat, you will have better access to your leaders and other departments, allowing you to expand skills outside of your immediate job function.

You can also let the interviewer know which tools and resources you would love to see in your next role. Let them know how to best guide you, and you will undoubtedly set yourself up for success.
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 08/02/2018
Last modified on: 08/04/2018

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