Q&A WITH JANE

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I’m deal­ing with a one-of-a-kind jerk in the of­fice. Help!

At the end of a job in­ter­view they al­ways ask “Would you like to ask any ques­tions?” What ques­tion should the can­di­date ask? 19 and Clue­less.

An­swer

Hi 19 and Clue­less. Your ques­tion re­minds me of an in­ter­view in which the can­di­date asks the panel for a brief sum­mary of their time with the com­pany – fa­vorite as­pects, over­all ex­pe­ri­ence, and the chal­lenges.

You’ll be sur­prised how well re­ceived it was! It shows that as a po­ten­tial em­ployee, you are in­ter­ested, but at the same time you still have a de­ci­sion to make. Be­sides, peo­ple like talk­ing about them­selves!

If you want, you can re­fer to the be­low set of ques­tions– How would you de­scribe the com­pany cul­ture? How did this po­si­tion come to be open? What is the big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing this depart­ment right now? What is the big­gest achieve­ment this depart­ment has made?

Mind you, the last two ques­tions can sound a lit­tle pry­ing if your tone isn’t self-ef­fac­ing. Al­beit, these ques­tions will lend you an up­per hand in the most-friendly way pos­si­ble. Be­sides, it will give up a lit­tle more in­sight into the po­si­tion and the com­pany cul­ture.

Here’s the most im­por­tant ques­tions of all: Would you mind giv­ing me a tour of where this job would take place so I can get a feel of where I’d be work­ing and who I would be work­ing with? Daz­zle them with bril­liance!

The bru­tal and straight­for­ward answers to Hr-re­lated queries and con­cerns.

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