What’s the most important part of any job interview? The first impression? Your resume? Your background? How you answer the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question? No. At least not in my experience. The most important part of any job interview comes when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”
The questions you ask any interviewer or potential supervisor show your interest in the position, your natural curiosity, and says a great deal about how much research you’ve done prior to the interview. But there’s one question many people forget to ask, and I believe it’s the most important question you can ask.
“What reservations do you have about hiring me?”
Does it seem strange? It might. But it’s truly the most important thing you can ask. It will often catch the interviewer off guard, but usually they’ll give an honest answer. When you ask why they might not hire you, it shows you are unafraid, willing to ask hard questions, and most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to quell the concerns the person may have directly. So as scary as it might be, ask the question. And make sure you have the solid knowledge of yourself to back up you’re “Yes I Can” answer.
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works.” At Career Girl Network, Marcy provides women with information, resources, and networking to empower them in their careers and to advance the work of women in business as a whole. Prior to launching Career Girl Network, Marcy worked in numerous nonprofit organizations and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and community relations. Marcy is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a native of rural North Dakota. She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, and is dedicated to advancing the work of organizations that move the needle for women and girls worldwide.