Interview Question: What changes would you make if you came on board?

What changes would you make if you came on boardWatch out for this interview question — a wrong response can derail your candidacy in the blink of an eye.

It’s obviously difficult to know the right actions to take before you’re even offered a job. Getting to know the company’s strengths, flaws, people, culture, financial condition and operations takes time and experience.

Don’t make empty promises; they can put you in a bad light.

Here are some tips to help you effectively answer this interview question:

Get your homework done. You should prepare for the interview by researching the department or process you are being interviewed for. When you have a clear understanding of how the work is carried out, you will know what factors can be improved for the company’s benefit.

It is important to study the organization first to get to know the actual situation within. Not all organizations are perfect — most people can find an issue that can be addressed and improved.

Make a plan. Once you know what problem you want to cover, start planning, and start researching and working out your answer.

Make sure your response is within the rules and policies of the company.

Look for weakness in their rules and policies. Is there a known weakness in one of the company’s rules? One that’s holding back an opportunity? Let the interviewer know. If there is no need to make changes, do your research to make sure that policies and rules are being followed by the employees, and that they arecreating a positive working environment and make the business a success.

Develop a conclusion. Once you know of a weakness within the company, you can develop strength points according to your list of priorities. You can always ask for input from your potential employers as you discuss your plan.(Of course, be realistic when presenting your conclusion.)

These tips should be able to help you answer this interview question professionally. You can always ask for help from your mentor or practice with a friend to calm your nerves. Practice will help you speak clearly and be more confident.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.