Questions to Ask in Interviews
Beyond the Initial Interview
I have often referred to these interviews as the “second season.” They are like the playoffs in sports. It is really time to bring your A+ game. Win or go home! It’s that simple.
These kinds of interviews can be anywhere from a short, casual interview with the hiring authority’s boss, to an elaborate, all-day meeting with “corporate” people (my candidates have experienced as many as nine individual interviews in one day). If you asked the right questions of the hiring authority, you will know what to expect. But never take for granted any information you may get.
I have seen many hiring authorities totally underestimate the process beyond them. Keep in mind you are dealing with people and things change. When you are ready for one thing, you will get something else. Just be prepared.
Normally, interviews beyond the initial interview with the hiring authority at the most will be two. Most of the time it will be with the hiring authority’s superior. Sometimes, you may go beyond that to the superior’s boss.
The kind of questions you will ask each of these people will be similar. Just remember that the further removed the person is from the day-to-day function of the job, the less he or she may know about it. This is especially true if the superior or his or her superior is in a distant office or new to the company, etc.
Again, if you asked the right questions, you will have an idea of the situation. Keep in mind that you are still selling yourself up the interviewing ladder.