job-interviewWhen interviewing for an entirely new job or an open position within your present company, many of us have become completely comfortable with preparing specific answers and/or methods to answer questions during an interview. It is easy to research top answer suggestions to many of the standard questions posed, however, the portion of the interview when the interviewer asks if you have any questions is also a pivotal point in determining your employability.

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According to Inc.com, there are five important questions most interviewers wished all candidates would ask during an interview. We’ve got them all for your convenience, right here:

1) What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?

-Establishing and understanding your role and assignments the starting two to three months on the job allows a candidate to make a difference immediately.

2) What are the common attributes of your top performers?

–The answer to this question will allow the candidate to recognize the key qualities of those who rise fast and positively contribute within and to the company. Do they work longer hours or spend more time in continuing education programs? Quickly realize what may work best for you to be an asset.

3) What are a few things that really drive results for the company?

–“Great candidates want to know what truly makes a difference. They know helping the company succeed means they succeed as well.”

4) What do employees do in their spare time?

–Establishing and understanding how reasonable it may be for the candidate to fit in with current satisfied employees is deemed to be a gateway to them also being happy employees of the company.

5) How do you plan to deal with…..?

–What are the policies and procedures when handling challenges such as technology changes, competitors entering the market and shifting economic trends? “A great candidate doesn’t just want to know what you think; they want to know what you plan to do—and how they will fit into those plans.”

Now you’re ready for your next interview.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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