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In general, interview questions do not come out of left field, but instead are deliberately formulated to separate the most qualified and best prepared candidates from the pack. Study, prepare and practice your answers to these questions in order to rise above the other candidates.

As recruiters, we speak to many discouraged candidates. They have applied to numerous positions, sending out resumes and responding to job postings, but never get a call or a response back. We recognize that getting an interview can be a huge success in and of itself, therefore leaving the interview without demonstrating a strong interest in the position and/or the company can be the difference between a job decline and a job offer!

We can't tell you how many times we speak to clients who are surprised and pleased by candidates who have asked meaningful questions of them. They are looking for someone who can answer the interview questions well but when you have key questions to ask of them it takes you to a different level in their eyes. They acknowledge and appreciate that you feel it is important to find the right job with the right company.

The following questions are worth your consideration during your important interview:

1. Can you describe your culture?

This shows the employer that you are interested in who they are as a team and what type of environment they have created.

2. Are there growth plans for the company and can you share what those might be?

This demonstrates that you are interested in the future of the company, signaling that you are committed to them for the long haul. looking to get hired.

3. Are there opportunities for growth in the future?

Again, this shows that you want to be a part of the company not only in the role they are currently looking for but in other areas in the future.

4. Is there a training program for this position or someone who will mentor me?

This demonstrates your desire to learn about how they do things and that you want to get caught up to speed quickly. You are someone who is eager to get in line with the rest of the team.

5. Knowing my skills, do you feel I can make a meaningful contribution to the business?

This says that you are interested in them and that you want a sense of how they see you. It signals that you are interested in the position and want to be a part of their success.

These questions are fairly generic and should be modified depending upon the position you are interviewing for. Make sure you are comfortable with whatever you ask and that it demonstrates your understanding of the business as well as your interest in the position and meeting your career goals.

SOURCE: The Personnel Perspective is an established wine industry consulting firm with focused expertise in executive search and recruiting, strategic HR, & management training. We work confidentially with individuals focused on working for employers with a vision for success. Our candidates are seeking career positions where they can make a meaningful contribution while continuing to grow and learn.

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