Yesterday, I wrote about anticipating the next question, follow-up questions.

I had more ideas, so part 2 was required.

The follow on questions can be raised for many reasons:

  • If the candidate doesn’t address the answer well or with enough context.
  • If the interviewer feels an air of uncertainty in the answer.
  • If the interviewer believes your role in the scenario or story was primary or secondary. For example, if you are being interviewed for a leadership position and you are addressing an example of you taking the lead if the story indicates you had a bit-part or didn’t showcase how you led, this would warrant further investigation.

Do you notice a pattern in the above examples? They are all examples where the interviewee doesn’t address the original answer well through lack of preparation and practice.

This is one area that attracts follow on questions. However, there are more.
Questions can come in many forms, Why, what, how, when, etc…

If your story, the answer is carefully crafted you will attract fewer pitfalls, potential concerns from the Interviewer, however, you need to be prepared to provide more detail. Often the first answer only scratches the surface.

When practicing interview questions on your own, consider some follow-up questions using ‘why, what, how, when.’

Why did you believe this was the correct course of action?

What brought you to that conclusion?

How did you create an impact to solve this problem?

When did you first notice this became a problem?

The more you test your stories, the easier it will be to create a great impression in an interview.