“What, if anything, in my background do you see that might keep me from getting this job?”
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If you are like most people, you will interview for a lot of jobs during your career before you end up in the right one. This means you will commonly have to kiss a lot of frogs along the way. On average, more than 118 people will apply for job openings and only around 17 percent of those will get interviewed. This translates to around seventeen candidates who are then interviewed and not hired for everyone who is. But just because you are most likely to get rejected multiple times for open jobs in your career doesn’t mean you don’t have to learn and get better because of this process.
In my experience working with countless hiring managers and recruiters, along with conducting a seemingly endless number of interviews, I’ve learned that there are many COMMON REASONS for job candidates to get rejected. These typically include poorly written résumés, a lack of awards and achievements, job hopping, poor appearance and interviews, current unemployment, lack of experience, no digital footprint, and much more. I have also seen candidates rejected for having “unprofessional” social media activity and email addresses. The list can go on and on.
The bottom line is most people tend to slip up and make mistakes during interviews, and that is why it is so important to ask questions in advance about yourself and your background before you potentially get rejected. Why? Three primary reasons. First, you want the opportunity to address anything that appears to be a mistake or misunderstanding before you are rejected without knowing why. Second, most final rejections will not come with a detailed explanation or somebody who is willing to tell you why. And third, because if you did anything wrong during the interview, you want to know about it now so you can correct any mistakes during future interviews.
Question #1: Who would I be reporting to and how would you describe their management style?
Question #2: Why is this position now open?
Question #3: What was the growth rate of the business last year?
Question #4: What would people tell me are the top three benefits and top three challenges in this job?
Question #5: If I perform my job well, what are my potential career paths from here?
Question #6: Who is the leader of this business and how would people describe their leadership style?
Question #7: How would you describe the culture of this business and what do people like most about working here?
Question #8: What are the top three reasons previous employees have provided when leaving your organization?
Question #9: What does success look like in this position and how do you measure it?
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