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Interview Questions for Job Seekers
Episode 821st May 2021 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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What questions should you ask during an interview?

Curious about culture, or day to day activities? Ask. The Careers and Coffee team delves deeper into what questions to ask an employer during the interview.

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Morning, Liz,

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morning careers and coffee.

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Number eight. I got some coffee going.

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I have a smoothie. But careers and smoothie sounds weird.

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I'll be only on coffee during our careers and coffee chat.

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Oh, okay, so you're going to be on brand, then that's great.

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I'll keep it on brand for us. Alright, let's dive right in.

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Today, we're going to talk about some interviews, interviewing

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and in particular, what are good questions to ask a potential

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employer when you're getting interviewed? So at the end of an

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interview, a lot of times, you'll get asked, Do you have

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any questions for us? And, Liz, I'd like to know, what kind of

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questions would you ask a potential employer?

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Okay.

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So, yeah, the end of the interview questions are really

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good time for you to have your prepared questions that you

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thought of ahead of time, because at that point, your

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brain is probably going to be fried as a candidate, because

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they've just peppered you with interview questions, hopefully,

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you've prepared for and had great answers to. So at the end,

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when you have any questions, if you say, No, I don't think I

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have any questions. you've answered them all. That's okay.

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That's fine. But, but be honest. Like, if you still aren't quite

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sure what the culture of the company is asking just a simple

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question like, how would you describe the culture of the

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company or the team that I'm going to be working with? And

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that gives a chance to the employer to kind of reflect back

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on what their experiences as an employee at that company? And

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how, how they would describe the culture? So I don't know, that

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would be one culture, ask about culture, you can ask about, you

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know, what would my day to day job entail? If you haven't

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already had that question answered? And that's a really

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good set gives you a really good sense of like, okay, when I, if

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I want to get hired at this job, these are the, these are

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activities I'd be doing on a day to day basis. Those are ones I

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would ask.

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I like both those questions. One, one that I've used in the

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past, that almost catches whoever is interviewing me on

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their toes is Why did you take this job at this company? And it

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just gets them to think a little bit. And a lot of times, it does

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turn into more of like a culture talk, because I feel like that

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is a driving force behind all why a lot of people take

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positions. Let's, let's switch gears just for a second here and

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talk about salary negotiations. Because I know we were talking

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right before this and right at the end of say, an initial

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interview is not quite the right time to start talking salary.

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Could you go in more detail?

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Okay, so let's just say you've had a good interview with the

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potential with your employer or potential employer and you near

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the end, and you really want to know, okay, well, how much is

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this position pay? That's not actually a good time to ask that

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question. What you really need to determine in that first

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interview is, is the company a good fit for you? And are you a

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good fit for that company. And if those two things are

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clicking, you're going to have another conversation with that

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employer, when they make me there make you an offer, or you

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enter into a salary negotiation. So it could if the employer

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brings it up, and they want to talk about it, be prepared for

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that. But for the most part, the initial interview is not the

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time that you're gonna talk about salary negotiation,

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because the employer is considering other candidates

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most likely for the same position. So what they're going

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to be doing is evaluating your answers to their questions and

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your questions to them, compare them to other candidates, and

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try to determine who is the best candidate to work here. It's a

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big investment to hire someone, you can make bad choices as an

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employer. And it can be huge, it could have a huge impact on the

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company. And so while it may have feel like, why didn't they

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pick me, or they're just being so picky, I just don't have

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exact skills, but I have close skills. So I should be

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considered it all those things could go through your head while

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you're interviewing. But try to keep the perspective of the

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employer on your mind to is that they're making a huge financial

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investment in hiring someone and it's going to have an impact on

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their business. And so if you're not quite the right fit, they

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want to make sure that they find someone who is there, things

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that go into I mean, I've had to hire multiple times, and that

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what goes through my head is like, well, I really I mean, and

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I like everybody, like, I really like these people and I can see

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myself working with them. But are they exactly the right fit

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for our company at this moment, and then for our future, those

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are the things that I have to consider as a hiring manager.

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And sometimes you have to make really tough choices, because

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you may have really great candidates to choose from. And

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you're just, you're just trying to determine who is the best

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candidate or, you know, who did the team click with and some of

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the other factors. So there's just so many factors that are

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beyond just your individual skill set and personality that

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that go into determining who gets that role.

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Yeah, I love that. And it's something you can't take

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personally, right as a dark seeker. Yeah. I've described it

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as kind of like a breakup, right? Yeah. breaking up with a,

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you know, boyfriend or girlfriend or some something

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along those lines, where it's just an uncomfortable feeling.

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Yeah. Well, you're on this blind date, right? Your first

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interview, you get your phone screens, like, okay, moved on to

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the interview. Now. Now we were, you know, I'm a little bit

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deeper into this relationship. And then they're just like,

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Okay, well, we found another candidate, heartbroken. But the

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way that you can be less heartbroken is think of it as a

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numbers game. So it's look at your skill set on your resume.

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Is it, does it speak to the skills that they're looking for?

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That's number one, right? And then how many of those positions

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did you apply for? Because they're are a lot of jobs -

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we're are kind of in an upside down state right now, in Iowa.

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There are a lot of jobs that don't have enough candidates.

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And so it's really a job seeker's market. So make sure

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you're applying for and have lots of choices so that you're

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kind of in the driver's seat, you have a little bit more

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control of like, "Okay, well, I've, I've got interviews with

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multiple places. One of them's gonna pick me, most likely."

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Great advice. I love that. Well, as always, let's, let's go ahead

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and wrap it up. was anything else to add? Otherwise, we're

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gonna move on from careers and coffee, and we'll be doing

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careers and coffee nine. Next week?

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Yeah, we just just parting thoughts are. Everybody has

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unique skills, right? And every, every person deserves to find

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work that is right for them. And so it can be really tough as you

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go through the interview process and feel like no one, no one

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sees that about you. So it's your job as a job seeker to

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these are my unique skills and what I can bring to

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the table and just kind of rest, rest on those feelings of I know

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that I have worth for some type of job, it may take me a little

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while to find the one that I'm looking for that's really right

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for me, but in the end, we need you to be working in the job

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that is right for you. Because that's where you're really going

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to help everyone.

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You're in the driver's seat as a job seeker.

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Yep. Awesome.

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Well, thanks a lot, Liz. It's been a blast. I hope the

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smoothie treats you well. I'm going to continue on the coffee.

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I'm jealous.

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We'll see you next week.