When you’re conducting a job interview, you may have an applicant ask a question like, “How optimistic are you about the company’s future and your future with the company”
An applicant may ask this question to get a sense of the longevity of the company. Asking the hiring manager about his level of optimism can give the applicant insight into management’s morale. He may want to avoid working for a company in which those in charge aren’t confident in the company’s continued success.
Points to Emphasize
To answer this question effectively, you’ll want to be honest while also showing positivity.
The applicant wants concrete answers that help back up your positivity, so you can use this opportunity to talk up the company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If you’re not prepared for this question ahead of time, you could misinterpret what the applicant is asking. In order to have the most effective answer possible, avoid these common mistakes:
As a general rule, your answer shouldn’t be either false or negative.
Below is an excellent example of an answer regarding one’s optimism about the company’s future:
Since we launched five years ago, we’ve seen steady increases in our client base and in our subsequent revenue. We’ve expanded from a company of five to one that employs around thirty people. We have a solid yearly plan in place that helps us stay on track to meet quotas and to keep us accountable. My time with the company has been very well spent, and I have no plans to seek work elsewhere.
Remember, when an applicant asks questions of the hiring manager, he is trying to glean as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision. This question is one that can help him choose the right job.