Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Job seekers, do you like recognition on the job?

When you interview for a job, it is your responsibility to have a great interview. One of my favorite parts of coaching job candidates is helping them fashion questions that can get the specific information needed to make a good decision about going to work for a prospective company.

We all like to be liked and be recognized for our work. But for some people, recognition is a vital part of their life's career work in order to feel validated and appreciated. If you fall into this category, you should do your best to uncover the facts about recognition from the manager and the company you're interviewing.

Here are suggestions for interview questions you may ask during your time together:

  1. Tell me about a time when your team has done a great job.
  2. Tell me about a time when your team had to work under unusual pressure.
  3. What was a time when your work was recognized in a way that was significant to you?
  4. How have you been recognized for your efforts here at XY Corporation. 


These are open-ended questions requiring more than a yes or no answer. However, some managers may be taken by surprise and give only the briefest reply. Help them out and ensure that you have a good fact-finding interview by digging deeper.

  1. What happened as a result of the hard work?
  2. In what way did they recognize that effort? 
  3. How often does something like that happen? 


Synonyms for recognition:
Acknowledge
Appreciate
Approve
Notice

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That is probably the best interview advice I have have ever received!!! ~Neal C.

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