Salespeople who earn over $100,000 per year know how to ask questions. Then they ask another related question. Top salespeople get smart people to say, “He’s right, I need his help.” They do it without telling how smart they are. They do it by asking the right questions.
Your job interview is a sales meeting. You need the interviewers to “buy” you. Getting a job at McDonalds is just like getting a CEO’s job. You have to convince the interviewers that you can do the job and that you are the best person available.
Everyone says, “I’m the best.” You will be expected to list your accomplishments. You will proclaim yourself a team player. “I’ll do whatever it takes,” will be a key phrase you will utter, just like everyone else. I’m still waiting for the candidate that says, “I hate people. I refuse to work hard. If possible, I will drive this company into the ground.”
So, be different. Ask great questions. Here is the first one:
“How will I be measured in 12 months time if I take this job?”
Or use a related comment and question:
“Everyone is hired to fill an immediate need. So, what problems do I get to resolve in my first two months?”
Are you getting the idea? Tomorrow I’ll give you a list of some more questions I have gleaned over the years.
Something to do today
Make a list of at least 3 questions or topics you should ask about in every interview.
Now think about the exact wording. Can you make the questions show your keen interest in doing a great job and helping your team?