Follow on questions are inevitable in any interview. Something a candidate mentioned as part of an answer may spark an interest in an Interviewer. They are also more difficult to rehearse and seek to find depth in a candidate’s experience.
These questions can be effective as it is impossible to anticipate all follow-up questions. However, you can anticipate many.
Every interviewer should seek to analyze their own practice answers to refine and improve the messages. Equally, one should test or seek to anticipate a follow-on question by setting out potential avenues related to that answer.
For example; If in the question about a weakness, you mentioned public speaking (previously addressed), and you set out how you were continually seeking avenues to overcome it by offering up to do presentations in work, the interviewer may ask:
- Tell me about the last presentation you gave in a work setting?
- What, in your opinion, are the most important facets of public speaking.
- How have your presentations changed over the years?
In my ‘weakness’ framework, the above follow-on questions are predictable because they relate to the above.
If your original answer is genuine, you shouldn’t struggle with the above questions. However, it is always useful to test out this by anticipating what could be asked next.
I mentioned previously; you should only get caught with a question once. Do lessons learned after each interview and set out what you struggled with. Practice the answer until it is ingrained.
To be continued, there is much more to cover on this topic.