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Two Key Questions for Your Next Job

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

“Why are you interested in this job?”  This is a standard interviewer’s question, or should be. The hiring manager is wise to ask about your motivations to determine if you’ll be a good fit with the team and organization.

In looking for your next job, your first step is having a good idea of why we want a new job. It generally falls into categories of more money, better schedule or commute, and meaningful tasks. To ensure your next job is a “better” one, think through what a “ideal” job will be for yourself:Door to sky

1)  What salary and benefits address your work-life balance needs?

2) What experiences and skills do you want to use and develop?

3) You also need to be able to describe the type of work environment where you will be most productive and happy. This could be  to work on a larger scale, supervise a larger team, or master a new skill. Maybe you want the prestige of working for a particular organization, or in a consulting role, or the pleasure of being having a larger role and responsibilities in a smaller organization.

Knowing these things helps answer the interview question, “Why are you interested in this job?”

But don’t leave the conversation one-sided.  Balance the table by turning the question back to the interviewer, “Why would a top performer want to work in this job?” You’ll learn so much by asking that question. Is this a role that will meet your desires? You can probe deeper into the organization’s culture and values by asking the hiring manager, “What do you need in an ideal candidate that we haven’t talked about?”

You may not be the exact skill match right now, but with this information you can demonstrate your abilities to be successful in the position. Be ready to talk about how you took a similar risk and had a successful result.

I’ve made better decisions based on knowing the potential of meeting both my needs and the hiring manager’s needs by asking questions like these.

What questions have gotten you deeper understanding and greater satisfaction in career decisions?