This is an opportunity to mine for knowledge, not show off or make the hiring manager feel stupid or confused. What are the main responsibilities I would have that would require an elite level of leadership and could you see my past experience as a team leader benefiting me? If I were a hiring manager, I would be blown away by this question.
To keep going back to the dating analogy, you want to ask questions that get you both talking…and give you the opportunity to learn. The candidate is proving that they really care about the job and making sure they’re able to do their absolute best if they were hired.
What do they expect from someone who is hired for this position? Another important consideration to keep in mind is the culture of the company you are going to work for. Are you going to be expected to be 100% buttoned-up and professional at all times or does the company allow a more relaxed approach to work?
That can make a hiring manager reluctant to extend the offer of a job.
Who wants to hire someone who seems like they’re more interested in running away than investing a little more time into finding out what the job is really all about?
Speaking of psychology, what does a hiring manager think of someone who doesn’t ask questions?
Remember our little mock scenario above where our candidate seemed eager to wrap up the interview and get out of there?