Brian Fink

Are you asking your hiring managers and future peers, “What are the biggest challenges for the person who joins your team?”

When they talk to you about their biggest challenges, you’ll know exactly what stories to tell about how you have tackled (and conquered) similar challenges.

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You will show them that you are a great fit for this job. You’ll show them that you are the missing part of the team!

This question is an important indicator of the work that needs to be done and how your work will be evaluated, leading to explanations of the appraisal progress, any expected targets, and the challenges this role faces.

It will give you a head start and means you will have clear KPIs and understand any potential issues you could encounter on the job.

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When you are interviewing, make it point to ask the hiring team, “How will I measure my performance in this role?”

By phrasing the question this way, you’re taking full ownership of your work, and the employer will notice that. You are sending the message that you will be accountable for your actions.

Ask them to get specific about success.

Plus, if they can’t explain how you’ll be able to measure your performance to make sure you’re having an impact, that’s a huge red flag. This question will help you weed out the positions where there’s little opportunity to develop your skills, receive promotions, and earn raises.

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When you’re in an interview, do you ever ask, “Was the last person in this role successful? Why or why not?”

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When asking this question, it’s a two-fold discovery.

Knowing the story of what happened to the last person in this job is important.

First, it will help you better answer their questions. If the last person didn’t do well, you can talk about how you would do it differently. If the last person did spectacularly and got promoted, you know what you need to do to be considered successful.

Second, you may even discover a few clues that will help you determine if you want to take this job or not.

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Brian Fink

Brian Fink

Executive Recruiter. ✈ #ATL ↔ #SF ✈ Building companies is my favorite. Opinions are my own. Responsibility is freedom. 🖖