Interview Advice: The Difficult Questions

March 27, 2013

Career Advice

Question MarkWithout a doubt, every interview comes with a set of tough questions. You may find yourself tongue-tied, without an answer, or rambling in all directions.

But have you ever thought of dishing back some of those hard-to-answer inquiries back to your interviewer? Even though you may be desperate for a job offer, you need to know what you’re getting into before you can feel comfortable saying yes (should the interview pan out in your favor).

Don’t wait until that elusive phone call to inquire about important details that could make our break this position. Dig deep to find out all the questions you need to know to make the right decision. Here are a few examples of questions:

1. Why did the current person leave this position?
If the position is newly available, inquire as to why the last person left. And if it’s a brand new position, ask how it came to be.

2. What are biggest initiatives for the company in the next six months? Where does my position fit into that plan?
Learn a little bit more about the inner workings of your potential new department and how your team supports the company’s goals.

3. What’s the promotion track for this position?
This is the most important question you can ask. You want to grow in your career, right? So make sure this position is not a dead-end track or you’ll find yourself back in that interview chair before you know it.

One more tip: pay attention to the pacing of the interview. Don’t bombard the interviewer with these tough questions all at once or it may set a sour tone. But don’t walk out that door with any unanswered questions. Agreeing to a job opportunity is a big commitment, so make sure it’s the right one for you and your career goals.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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