No matter what industry job you are looking to fill, it’s almost inevitable that you will be required to conduct an interview of some sorts (i.e. in-person, over the phone, video chat, etc.).
To prepare for a well-arranged interview in the Aerospace and Defense industry, it’s important to be prepared by conducting the necessary research on the company and the position you are seeking. Likewise, it’s critical and professional to bring a writing utensil with a notepad that has your prescribed questions written out so when the time comes you are ready to ask them accordingly. To a hiring manager, this will help you stand out from the competition during an interview. Think of it this way, it might just be your only opportunity to set you apart from other candidates in a positive light. For this reason, highly interested candidates need to ask intelligent, relevant questions and demonstrate that they understand the position for which they are interviewing.
Although there are endless questions that one may ask depending on which way the interview may go, preparedness will only bring ease to your mind prior to, during and after the interview. Being prepared will give you the opportunity to adapt to the questions you are asked by the company and allow you to assess your current skills/experience to keep the process fluid.
Here are a few questions I’ve created in preparation for my next Aerospace and Defense Industry interview. BELIEVE ME, I will be sure to get in where I fit in and CLOSE by asking for the JOB.
- Are there clearly defined career paths for people within this business area? Where have others in this position advanced to within the organization?
- What do you think is the most critical aspect of this job?
- What are the intangible attributes of a candidate that you value most for the candidate that wins this position?
- Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client or customer I would be dealing with?
- What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
- How will I be evaluated at your company, and how often?
- Would it be inappropriate to ask you why this position is open?
Keep in mind – It’s just important LISTENING during the interview and jotting down notes as it is writing your own questions prior to regarding your interest in the company/position. By jotting down notes, you will be able to assess your skills/experience to align them with critical opportunity areas in the position previously outlined by the interviewer. This will allow you to formulate a strong closing to ensure the hiring manager knows you are the right candidate for the job.
Below is a few questions that one may ask at the end of the interview, before it wraps up.
- Have I answered all your questions? Is there a part of my background you would like to discuss further?
- Do you feel I have the qualifications for this position or do you see me fitting in with your team?