Question 16 :
Looking back on your last position, have you done your best work?
To cover both possible paths this question can take, your answer should state that you always try to do your best, and the best of your career is right now. Like an athlete at the top of his game, you are just hitting your career stride thanks to several factors. Then, recap those factors, highlighting your strongest qualifications.
Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?
Help him see the qualifications that only you can offer.
Example: "In general, I think it's a good policy to hire from within â€“ to look outside probably means you're not completely comfortable choosing someone from inside.
"Naturally, you want this department to be as strong as it possibly can be, so you want the strongest candidate. I feel that I can fill that bill becauseâ€¦(then recap your strongest qualifications that match up with his greatest needs)."
Question 17 :
Tell me something negative you've heard about our companyâ€¦
Just remember the rule â€“ never be negative â€“ and you'll handle this one just fine.
Question 18 :
On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.
Once again, never be negative. The interviewer will only resent criticism coming from you. This is the time to show your positivism.
However, don't give a numerical rating. Simply praise whatever interview style he's been using.
If he's been tough, say "You have been thorough and tough-minded, the very qualities needed to conduct a good interview."
If he's been methodical, say, "You have been very methodical and analytical, and I'm sure that approach results in excellent hires for your firm."
In other words, pay him a sincere compliment that he can believe because it's anchored in the behavior you've just seen.