Chapter: 4

Questions about the requirements

Now you have already identified some powerful questions concerning the job and the company. Time to ramp it up another notch with some new questions focusing on the requirements.

Remember - it is not about asking the interviewer to repeat what’s already in the job ad. You want to go beyond that.

Find out which skills really are a top priority and if the interviewers have already bought into you meeting these requirements.

While the list of questions is not very long here, don’t let it mislead you. These might be some of the most important questions, especially if you apply for job openings that experience huge competition.

Here they are…

Chapter 4: Questions to ask during a job interview - Questions about the requirements
Question for interviewer: Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?


Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

This is a strong question to end the interview with. It shows you are self-assured and willing to hear any critiques that the interviewer may have.

A great employee is one that can accept advice and direction. Being open to change and improvement is one of the most important characteristics an employer looks for in a candidate.

If you can show great confidence during the interview, this is confidence that may translate well in the work environment.

Being optimistic in your questioning and confident in your answers will leave the interviewer with a positive impression!

How do I respond if the Interviewer has concerns?

A great way to prepare for this is to review your resume. Take note of any points that may cause concerns during the interview. Are there gaps in your work history? Do you lack formal education? Are there certain technologies that you are not familiar with?

After analyzing what may give the interviewer hesitations, prepare reasons of why and how these hesitations can be overcome.

Explain, for example, why there were times you were not employed. Describe how your work experience and training is equivalent to formal education. Show how you can quickly learn new technology and systems.

Utilize this to your advantage. If the interviewer has hesitations, they should explain what those are and how they think they would impact your success in the position.

The concerns that are brought up could also help you decide if this position is right for you. If there are worries about your qualifications or about your abilities to keep up with the job, you may also come to the realization that this position is not right for you at this time.

It is always important to keep an open mind when interviewing for a job. Answer the questions with thought and honesty, and you will find the position that is right for you.

Question for interviewer: What are the most important skills of the person who does this job?


What are the most important skills of the person who does this job?

Whether you are just graduating from college, or already have accumulated impressive work experience, you have honed an excellent skill set.

Putting those refined skills to use at a company that appreciates them will increase your productivity and will help you to feel more useful and valued.

Before You Apply

Before you even apply, make sure you have completely read through the application requirements. If they require a degree you do not have, experience that you have not earned, or training you have never received, really think about how relevant these gaps might be before you submit your application.

Weigh the pros and cons. Is the training, education, or experience necessary for the position? Is it something that you can do on your own time before you begin working?

You can always submit an application even if your skills do not match the requirements (it is quite rare that you will meet all the requirements anyway). You might get lucky and get an interview, or you might not. Regardless, you have still gained valuable practice, which is always worth something.

When You're Interviewed

If you get called in for an interview, you should begin research immediately. Think about the training and the skills needed. Evaluate how your own skills and talents match up and be prepared to sell yourself.

Throughout your interview, you will probably be given a tour. Take special note as to what projects people are working on, how they are working on them, and who is in charge.

When it comes time to sit down at the end of the process and ask your prepared questions, one question on your list should be about required skills.

When you were on your tour, did you see anyone working on specific technology? Did you see anyone using instruments or tools that you may not have experience with? All of these things are skills, and you need to know if they are required or not.

The interviewer may give you a specific list. Pick two or three things off of the list and candidly talk about how capable you are. Definitely relate specific situations back to those two or three skills.

Remember, this is your time to shine. Really show them what you know and how good you can be. It will be the difference in landing the job … or not.

Question for interviewer: Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this job?


Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this job?

At the end of the interview, you will be given space to ask a few thoughtful questions. Use this time wisely, and ensure that you are asking company-specific, intelligent questions.

One question you should ask is about any lingering concerns.

Throughout the Interview

During the interview, you should be selling yourself. Try to get in as many job specific positive traits in as possible. Show yourself off. This is not the time to be humble. You want the job, so show them why you deserve it.

At every turn, show your interviewer why you would be perfect for the job, team, and business. Do not leave any doubt in their minds as to why you are the best choice.

At the End of the Interview

When it is your turn to ask questions, openly ask if they have any concerns about you, or how you would perform in the position.

This can be a tricky question, and you need to prepare yourself for possible blunt honesty in the answer.

Now that your interviewer knows all of your qualifications (because you sold yourself so well), asking if they have any concerns will give you another chance to tie things up.

The Interviewer’s Answer

This is a very important part. Whatever the interviewer comes back with, you should have a solid reason as to why this should not be a concern. You need to have a prepared rebuttal for each of their concerns.

Hopefully, they will not have any concerns about your eventual success. If they do, you need to make a strong case for yourself. Show them how you could do well.

If the interviewer fails to come up with any concerns, then you have done a remarkable job. Still, take this opportunity to reiterate a few of your key skills. Politely thank your interviewer and tell them that you are looking forward to putting your strengths to use.

This will end a resounding campaign with you, hopefully, as their top choice.

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