As part of Interview InterventionCommunication That Gets You Hired, I included what I consider the 14 most effective job interview questions an employer can ask a job candidate. While there are loads of great interviewing techniques and questions, I feel it’s important to balance time and effectiveness when determining whether a candidate and employer relationship will be strong long-term.

To aid in that effort, I identified the 14 I consider the most comprehensive—to gain the best understanding of the candidate’s overall fit in the least amount of time. I am gradually releasing these through the blog and today’s is

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Effective Job Interview Questions #4: “How will you benefit from joining our company?”

This question is rather generic and broad and could come in many different forms, such as “How will you improve yourself within this job?” and “What can we offer you that another company cannot?” This question is designed to determine whether the employer truly can offer you a better situation than you currently have.

This question is aimed at determining whether it would be a smart career move for you to join their organization. It also reinforces the likelihood that you would join if they provided you an employment offer. As with the previous question, it is important that you are detailed in your response. I have recycled a portion of the example I used for the response to “Why do you want to join our company?” because of its applicability.

Candidate: “One of the key reasons is that I would gain multinational experience. I read in Hoovers that 30 percent of your revenue comes from outside the United States. My organization focuses exclusively in the United States, so my current responsibilities are exclusively national. One of my criteria for professional growth in my next position is to gain international experience. I noticed from the job description that international travel is part of the job.”