The in-person interview for the job that’s perfect for me? It’s tomorrow. I am sick with anxiety. I want it so badly, and I’m going to be absolutely broken-hearted if I don’t get it. So please-please-please send prayers, positive thoughts, voodoo chants, wiccan… um (what do wiccans do? Sprinkle fairy dust while dancing naked by moonlight? I don’t care, just bring it on!), and whatever else you got for me, because I’m going to need it tomorrow.

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  1. Good luck, bebe. In an effort to help you, I will now share the all-around best question to ask in a job interview when they ask you, "Do you have any questions for us?" You say: "Oh, yes, actually. I know why I am very interested in Company X. I know why I want to *come* work here, but I'm interested to know: Why have you stayed? How has Company X helped you develop professionally?' This is advantageous in a few ways:

    1. You directly express your desire to join their team without sounding insincere or brown-nosey.

    2. If they have a bad answer, it can be a red flag you might not otherwise see. I had an editor at a small newspaper in PA where I reallyreallyreally wanted to live tell me: "Oh. Um, well, I like that I have a lot of friends nearby." (It would have been a terrible newsroom environment to work in.)

    3. It gives the interviewer a chance to tell you what they like about their job and/or why it has been a good fit for them. Listen carefully to what the interviewer says about his or her own strengths and preferences. Then you can re-phrase the key points (reframe them enough so they won't notice directly) and say it back to them in the close of the interview .

    Oh, and careful what you wish for. You have a few Wiccan (and/or Wiccan-esque) readers, you know. 😉

  2. My new favorite response when they ask, "Do you have any questions for us?" is to say, "Yes, I'd love to hear, from your perspective, what success in this role would look like." They love that. Every time I've used it, the interviewer has said, "Wow, what a great question."

    Oh, and I'm pagan, not Wiccan (Wiccan is to pagan like Methodist is to Christian — i.e. all Wiccans are pagan, but not all pagans are Wiccan), but I'll be happy to burn some herbs for you. Good luck!

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