When you're asked this question by your interviewer, you probably feel like they're trying to trip you up. While this may be the case, the real reason behind this question is their search for reasonable action. Your hiring manager asks you questions to figure out more about you and what your actions will be once you're employed with their company.
With this question, they are wanting to see if you will come in and shake things up, if you're looking to sail into the position with a smooth transition and if you can give solid reasoning for why you want to do either of these things.
Points to Emphasize
Before answering this question, make sure that you bring your set of skills and knowledge of the company to the table.
- Pay particular attention throughout the interview leading up to this and gauge your answer to what the hiring manager has let on previously.
- Use all of the research on the company that you've gathered to give the most educated answer possible.
- Remember that the job description is your friend; read it well and don't forget it.
- Slip in a line or two regarding yourself and showcase your dedication, company loyalty, etc.
When responding, give your interviewer an honest, straightforward answer that will help them see that you want what's best for the company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Every interview question has certain traps that you should avoid falling into. Keep your feet on solid interview ground by avoiding these ones:
- Don't give a vague, "I'm not sure" answer; keep your response direct.
- Try not to over-strategize to the point that you come off fake and dishonest.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions if you aren't quite sure what they're looking for; let them know that you're motivated to researching and finding out what they need.
- Don't forget to show your ability and desire to work as a team and fulfill your position well.
Even if you're unsure of exactly what changes you'll make, making things up without researching will only hurt your cause.
An exceptional response to this difficult question could be something like this:
As I've researched both your company and this potential position, I've had a few great ideas that I would be excited to implement depending on current company plans and strategies. No matter what you need me to do, I'm excited to jump in with both feet and work together as a team.
Don't forget that this question is helping the interviewer get to know you, your personality and ambitions better.