QUESTIONS ABOUT THE JOB
What Would Your First 30, 60, or 90 Days Look Like in This Role?
Think about what information and aspects of the company and team you’d need to familiarize yourself with and which colleagues you’d want to sit down and talk to
You can also suggest one possible starter project to show you’d be ready to hit the ground running and contribute early on
This won’t necessarily be the thing you do first if you do get the job, but a good answer shows that you’re thoughtful and that you care
What Are Your Salary Expectations?
The number one rule of answering this question is: Figure out your salary requirements ahead of time
Give a salary range: But keep the bottom of your stated range toward the mid-to-high point of what you’re actually hoping for
Flip the question: Try something like “That’s a great question—it would be helpful if you could share what the range is for this role,”
What Do You Think We Could Do Better or Differently?
Well first, take a deep breath, then start your response with something positive about the company or specific product you’ve been asked to discuss
When you’re ready to give your constructive feedback, give some background on the perspective you’re bringing to the table and explain why you’d make the change you’re suggesting
When Can You Start?
If you need to give notice to your current employer, don’t be afraid to say so; people will understand and respect that you plan to wrap things up right
It’s also legitimate to want to take a break between jobs, though you might want to say you have “previously scheduled commitments to attend to” and try to be flexible if they really need someone to start a bit sooner
Are You Willing to Relocate?
The simplest scenario is one where you’re totally open to moving and would be willing to do so for this opportunity
But if the answer is no, or at least not right now, you can reiterate your enthusiasm for the role, briefly explain why you can’t move at this time, and offer an alternative, like working remotely or out of a local office
Sometimes it’s not as clear-cut, and that’s OK
You can say you prefer to stay put for xyz reasons, but would be willing to consider relocating for the right opportunity
QUESTIONS THAT TEST YOU
How Many Tennis Balls Can You Fit Into a Limousine?
You might get asked brain-teaser questions like these, especially in quantitative jobs
But remember that the interviewer doesn’t necessarily want an exact number—they want to make sure that you understand what’s being asked of you, and that you can set into motion a systematic and logical way to respond
So take a deep breath and start thinking through the math
If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
Seemingly random personality-test type questions like these come up in interviews because hiring managers want to see how you can think on your feet
There’s no wrong answer here, but you’ll immediately gain bonus points if your answer helps you share your strengths or personality or connect with the hiring manager
Pro tip: Come up with a stalling tactic to buy yourself some thinking time, such as saying, “Now, that is a great question. I think I would have to say…”
Sell Me This Pen.
If you’re interviewing for a sales job, your interviewer might put you on the spot to sell them a pen sitting on the table, or a legal pad, or a water bottle, or just something
The main thing they’re testing you for? How you handle a high-pressure situation
So try to stay calm and confident and use your body language—making eye contact, sitting up straight, and more—to convey that you can handle this
Make sure you listen, understand your “customer’s” needs, and get specific about the item’s features and benefits, and end strong— as though you were truly closing a deal
WRAPPING UP QUESTIONS
Is There Anything Else you’d like us to know?
Just when you thought you were done, your interviewer asks you this open-ended doozy
Don’t panic—it’s not a trick question! You can use this as an opportunity to close out the meeting on a high note in one of two ways
First, if there really is something relevant that you haven’t had a chance to mention, do it now, otherwise, you can briefly summarize your qualifications
For example you could say: “I think we’ve covered most of it, but just to summarize, it sounds like you’re looking for someone who can really hit the ground running. And with my previous experience [enumerate experience here], I think I’d be a great fit.”
Do You Have Any Questions for Us?
You probably already know that an interview isn’t just a chance for a hiring manager to grill you—it’s an opportunity to sniff out whether a job is the right fit from your perspective
What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team? You’ll cover a lot of this in the actual interview, so have a few less-common questions ready to go
We especially like questions targeted to the interviewer (“What’s your favourite part about working here?”) or the company’s growth (“What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?”) If you’re interviewing for a remote role, there are some specific questions you might want to ask related to that
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