How to Answer Interview Questions – How Will You Establish Credibility?

As a new member to the team, how would you go about quickly establishing your credibility?

The best way to establish credibility is to believe that you don’t know it all about the company and that you’re willing to ask great questions to try to understand a situation before beginning work.

(On a side note, asking great questions during an interview will also establish your credibility. You’ll show the interviewer that you’re a strong candidate through the questions you ask.)

Don’t mistakenly believe that you should charge into every situation with a quick fix. In most cases, if you’re new to the company, you can do more harm than good. You could also negatively impact relationships with coworkers. You’ll make a lot of people angry. And there’s the chance that you’ll make more mistakes in your arrogance. Don’t make knee-jerk reactions. Take the time to ask questions and reveal that you understand the situation.
Another way to establish credibility is to buckle down, do your job, and do it well. Actions speak louder than words and it will be noticed that you’re a hard worker willing to do your job as best as you can as soon as possible.

The question: “How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?” is a GREAT opening to show the interviewer your 30-60-90 day plan. You couldn’t ask for a better opening. All you have to say is something like: “I think I can answer that question best with this outline I created that shows you what I hope to accomplish in my first 3 months on the job. I’d like to talk it over with you to get your thoughts and input.” And then you take out the plan to talk it over with the interviewer.

The 30-60-90-day plan, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a written outline listing and explaining the primary actions you would take during your first 90 days on the job. A good plan takes time to complete. It needs to be targeted. You research the company and the position extensively. The more specific the plan, the better off you are. The more specific the plan, the more accurate it will be and it will more effectively present you as the most knowledgeable candidate. A well-done 30-60-90-day plan shows that you are capable of doing the job, even if you don’t have much (or any) experience, by proving you’re a strategic thinker with the ability to prioritize tasks and analyze a situation.

The plan on its own will prove your ability to be a productive member of the team and will help you establish credibility.

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