• Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Medical Device Job Interview QuestionsDo you know what is the ONE thing you must do in EVERY job interview? You may have an incredible resume, exceptional career history, solid recommendations, dress professionally, and answer all interview questions as a perfect fit candidate would and still miss the job. What could such a solid candidate do for the interview to go wrong?

Some candidates research the company so well before an interview that they feel they know everything about them. This is GOOD, this is a must-do while preparing for an interview. However, when the hiring manager finally asks “Do you have any questions for me?”, never answer “no”. Some people often say that they have learned a lot about the company from their research and from the interviews that they have all their questions answered. This is a fatal error!

By not asking, the candidate is implying that they are not interested in learning more. A candidate cannot possibly learn everything there is to learn about this potential position by interviews and online research. A hiring manager wants to hear your questions, there is still a lot to know about you from the questions you ask. The questions you prepare demonstrate how well you have research the company and how much thoughts you have put in preparation of the interview. It shows that you spent time picturing yourself in this role to inquire about specific questions that have not been covered yet.

So, don’t just ask any question… Ask GREAT questions!

Here are some generic sample interview questions that you could use while you prepare for your upcoming interview: (Make sure to make them your own)

1) Can you describe your ideal candidate for this position?

2) What is your vision for where the company or department will be in 3-5 years?

3) How will my work contribute to the organization’s mission?

4) What were the best things about the last person who held this position?

5) How can I best help you and the team succeed?

Of course, the more research you do in advance, the more you can ask specific questions about the company’s recent news, blog posts, product launches, plans, etc. But here’s the bottom line: Ask questions that demonstrate genuine interest in the organization and how you can fit in to their success.

Remember, also, job interviewing is a two-way-street! By asking questions, you can get a much better sense of the organization you’re interviewing at, and the extent to which you’d even want to work there.

Now it’s my turn to ask you some questions. What questions have you asked in job interviews? If you’re a manager, a recruiter, or in human resources, what questions do you recommend that job seekers ask? What questions shouldn’t you ask in interviews? Let me know your answers in the Comments section below, and please do share this article with your network if you think it’s helpful.
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