How To Ace Your Job Interview Like A Boss


4. Your Turn

Congratulations, you’re through with the hard part. Before they wrap up, the recruiter will most likely ask you if you’ve got any questions.

This matters because you’ll be spending a big chunk of our day with these folks. So you shouldn’t waste the opportunity to get to know them better as well.

Don’t leave the room without getting clear answers to these questions. If you’re short on time, prioritize items 1, 4, 5, 8 & 9. 

Sr.QuestionPurpose
1How would you describe the culture in this place?Check if this environment is supportive & growth-centric
2What skillsets/talents do we have in our team?Figure out what kind of support (or competition) you’ll get
3What’s the company’s 5-year plan?Understand where they want to be in the long term.
4What would my day look like?Clearly know your personal role & responsibilities
5What will my KPIs usually be? (metrics + respective targets)Find out how your performance will be evaluated
6What challenges are we facing & how are we planning to tackle them?Understand the expectations & obstacles you’ll face ahead
7Who will I report to?Know thy boss (no surprises!)
8Got any concerns, issues, or second thoughts about my application?Resolve their internal thoughts; Don’t leave any room for doubts
9What’s your timeline & procedure for the next steps? (By when can I expect a response?)Avoid a suspenseful limbo after the interview is over.

Once that’s done, thank them for taking the time to get to know you better, and enthusiastically say, “I’m very excited to see you again. Have a lovely week(end) ahead!” This is to assert your self-confidence about getting the job. People respond to that vibe.

Now, although you’re through with the interview, there are a couple more steps you need to take before you can take a breather. This is the third stage: after the interview.


The Aftermath

Before the workday ends, make sure you send a “Thank You” note to your recruiter. Without fail! This is not only common courtesy but it also helps you maintain a line of contact after the meeting. Here’s the email format:

Sr.PartContentExample
1ThanksDo appreciate the time they took to get to know you.It’s very rare to find teams and spaces that have their own life and personality. It was so wonderful catching up and getting to know the creative minds behind our community. Thank you for taking the time.
2FavoriteNote 1-2 moments or questions that you really enjoyed. It shows you were paying attention.My favorite part about the interview was discussing ideas to build a better brand presence online. It was lovely to find someone who has the same kind of appreciation for social media content’s power in branding as I do.
3FeedbackEncourage feedback that can help you perform better ahead.That being said, I heartily welcome and encourage any feedback that you think will help me do better.
4Sign OffSay you look forward to working with them soon.So once again, thank you for being so
accommodating and understanding with the time, and sharing with me the insights to understand our strengths and challenges. I look forward to hearing from you and joining the family soon.

If you were smart enough to ask about the next steps/timeline during the interview, you should have an idea about when to expect a response. Normally, the recruiter will need 1-2 weeks for screening other candidates and arriving at a final decision. So your first follow-up should be after 10 working days. Here’s a crisp email template:

Heya, Martha!

I hope you had a relaxing weekend. 

I’m writing to follow up on the outcome of our meeting last week. I’m more than willing to take on any more assessments to prove my unique advantage & abilities. 

Please let me know if you have any doubts or questions. I’ll be happy to answer them immediately. Looking forward to your response on the next steps.

Thanks & have a productive week ahead!

Yours in growth,

Manik


Your second nudge should be 4 days after your first one. If you don’t get a response by then, please move on. If you get rejected, thank them for their time anyway, wish them luck for the year ahead, and promise to keep in touch.

In any case, while you wait for a response, do NOT pause other applications. ❌❌❌ The worst feeling is thinking you’ve aced the interview, only to find out that you wasted all this time for a “NO.” Don’t give up your momentum. Assume you didn’t get this job, and continue applying until you receive a concrete answer.


So those were the 5 key stages of the interview:

  1. Research
  2. Settling Down
  3. Questions Matrix
  4. Your Turn
  5. Aftermath

But what’s the mindset/attitude underlining these 5 stages? We’ll talk about that next.


Key Takeaway

Usually, candidates go into interviews as pure jobseekers, which feeds the belief that you’re at the mercy of the employer. This, in turn, fuels the anxiety and dread (panic) that many of us experience as we sit down for the talk.

But when you start looking at the interview as a two-way street. You realize that its less of a test and more of an opportunity to understand the company and the people. So go in with self-confidence and a healthy sense of curiosity.

Treat every meeting as a learning experience. With good preparation, smart answering, and some practice rounds- you’ll be able to create enough context or relevancy to hold the power frame when it matters most.


Conclusion

That brings us to the end of today’s episode. Thanks for reading! We’ve almost reached the end of our hunt, and I think you’ve done great so far. Good job, tiger! Now just keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best! In the last episode, we’ll cover what to do after you get the offer letter


Explore other episodes in this series!

  1. Make a Job-Search Strategy
  2. How to craft a Killer C.V
  3. Why attach a Cover Letter
  4. DIY your Portfolio
  5. Acing the Interview
  6. How to Resign gracefully

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Published by Manik Rege

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