The 6 interview questions you should be asking
You’ve made it to interview stage. Sweet! But are you ready with your questions?
Most people don’t ask interview questions at the end. BIG Mistake. You may experience euphoria at having completed answering their questions but the interview has not ended yet. Asking the right questions matters – it makes you look prepared and makes you look really keen to work for them; just the qualities that an employer is looking for – especially important if they are splitting hairs between you and another candidate.
So, what are the best interview questions to ask? Here are some to get you started, but overall I recommend that you have at least 6 and write them down exactly as you want to ask them and take them with you.
1. Is this an existing position or a new one?
You may assume that you will be having a lengthy handover from an existing member of staff who is leaving. If this is a new position you need to be aware from the outset. Personally I think new created positions are like gold dust because you have the scope to make them your own. Taking over from Jeanette in accounts who has had the job for 25 years is a much harder path to own for the newcomer. Either way, you need to know what you are dealing with before you accept the role.
2. Can you describe the initial training I would receive if I was to start in this role?
Not many people like being thrown in literally at the deep end. Find out if the training is structured ie – proper induction programme or is it a case of shadowing an existing member of staff or maybe there is no training at all! The level of training offered at the start gives you an indication of what further training and development down the line to expect from your new employer.
3. I like feeling like I am part of a team and contributing towards the overall success of an organisation – how do your staff find out about the direction and successes of the company? Do you have regular meetings for example where this information is shared?
This will make you look like you are sincerely interested in working for them and are motivated by working towards goals. Their answer will give you an indication of if you are just a ‘worker bee’ to them or if they include their staff in the vision of their organisation.
4. What do people seem to like the most about working here?
Employers need to look after their staff. Period. If they haven’t a clue about why their staff enjoy working for them then chances are they don’t care too much. If they give you an animated and well informed answer then this tells you that staff are important to them.
5. Are there any changes on the horizon for the company?
This is their chance to let you know of any changes that may affect you in a positive way. Perhaps they are moving offices, increasing their market share or releasing a new product – all of which is good to know and ask about.
6. If I am successful and am offered this role, can you describe the team that I would be working with?
You have to ask this question because for them to give you an answer means they have to actually imagine you working as part of that team. You are literally forcing them to visualise you in their work place which is what you want!
If you ask clever and considered questions at the end, you can really increase your chances of being selected for the job – good luck!
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This blog has been written by Charlotte Eve, CK Futures Ltd, The Professional CV Writing Company.
Charlotte Eve is a professional writer for CVs/Covering Letters/LinkedIn/Personal Statements and an Interview Coach for managers and candidates at all levels. If you need further assistance with CVs, LinkedIn, Covering Letters, interviews or any aspect of your job searching you can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org