Contributor, hard working, excited and interested will get you a job. Greedy, lazy, bored and distracted will get you shown the door out.
Excellent questions are a way to show the difference between you and the other candidates. You need to ask questions that show you will take some of the burden off of the hiring manager. You must show your great attitude with your questions.
“What do you see as the greatest contribution I can make to my team here?” is a winner.
“What problems will I be helping to solve in this job?” works.
“What burden can I take off of your back in my first 3 months?” will be a relief.
“How will my performance be evaluated in one year’s time when I take this job?” is a great question.
Let them know you will be trying to meet their expectations. Open up a conversation on what is really expected of you.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. (Twain)
Do you get the idea? You need to ask questions that show the ways you can contribute and start taking away some of your new boss’s headaches.
Something To Do Today
Before your next job interview or pay review, make a list of questions that show your desire, interest and motivation.
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