Economic Development Interview questions
Interviewing for your next job is tough work!
Last year, I published The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview. The article received a lot of feedback—some in support and some in opposition. Interviews have remained a hot topic for me over the past year, especially as I work to scale our team at Likeable Local. This year, I thought I’d ask my friends over at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) about the 1 most impressive interview question to ask.
The YEC is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. I asked these CEO’s and entrepreneurs what single most impressive interview questions applicants have asked (or they they wish applicants would ask). These are their answers, followed by mine:
1. What New Skills Can I Hope to Learn Here?
This is just my perspective, but I’ve always secretly hoped to hear this question. It signifies a few positive things: the applicant acknowledges they don’t know everything and it signals both humility and potential. This individual is actively seeking knowledge and using that as a criteria to judge opportunity. They know that skills are important, not just knowledge. – Brian Honigman, BrianHonigman.com
2. How Do You See This Position Evolving in The Next Three Years?
When job applicants ask this question, it means they’re looking for a position where they can blossom long term. They’re committed to their own career growth and being selective about only accepting offers from companies that will give them the framework for that growth. And they’re also tactful and strategic enough to let me know in a polite, subtle way. – Jared Brown, Co-Founder, Hubstaff
3. What Can I Help to Clarify That Would Make Hiring Me an Easy Decision?
At Launch Academy, we always coach our graduating students to ask this question at the end of an interview. It shows that that you’re eager to get the job, you’re amenable to feedback, you’re confident in your abilities and that you can clear up any uncertainty. – Dan Pickett, Co-Founder, Launch Academy
4. How Can ‘X’ Scenario Move ‘Y’ Idea Forward?
I love when an engineering applicant asks a question about our business model, or a marketing applicant asks about our development process. At a small company, holistic thinking is essential to make a killer product: You have to combine business needs with technical expertise, and the people who are interested in both areas often come up with the most creative solutions – AJ Shankar, CEO, Everlaw, Inc.