The Best Questions To Ask In An Interview?
In any interview, whether it’s a phone interview or in-person, you will be expected to ask questions. You have reached the end of your interview the interviewer will let you know, usually by saying ‘Do you have any questions for us?‘ Did you prepare for that one? If not, here the best questions to ask in an interview.
Interviews aren’t the one-sided exercise they used to be.
It was strongly believed years ago that interviews had the sole purpose of the candidate selling themselves to the interviewer; but not anymore.
Interviews are now just as important for selling the company to the candidate as they are the candidate to the company. With candidate numbers being lower than ever and vacancies continuing to rise, it is important that companies can also sell themselves to those they are interviewing.
Alongside this, the last thing you want (especially after all the hard work and preparation) is to tarnish your interview by appearing as though you are uninterested or unprepared when it comes to the last hurdle.
So, what are some questions to ask in an interview?
As a busy recruitment agency, not a day goes by where we aren’t preparing candidates for upcoming interviews. We always remind candidates that they should prepare a short list of questions to ask at the end of the interview (that you can add to throughout, of course). You would be surprised how many people tell us that they hadn’t thought of that or they aren’t sure of what kind of questions they should be asking.
The questions that you ask will obviously differ depending on the job role you are applying for. However, we have created a list of general questions that you can use as a basis when preparing for your interview.
Remember: you want to be asking open-ended questions to allow for more detail and insight in your interviewer’s answer
“Could you talk me through the day to day responsibilities of the role?”
This is a perfect opportunity to see what the job role would be like on a daily basis and if it is the right role for you. You will be able to see what will be expected of you and what a typical day would entail. If you are offered the role, you will then have an understanding of what you are going into.
“How and why did this position become available?”
This question should allow you some excellent insight as to what is currently happening in the team you will be joining. If the position is a new one, you can ask what has led to this new position being created. If it is an existing position, you could ask about the person who was previously in the role to find out more about their expectations and your responsibilities.
“What career development opportunities will there be at this company?”
When you ask this question, it will give the impression to the interviewer that you are in this for the long-haul. It will also allow you to see if this role is going to be a good stepping stone towards your ultimate career goals. Whether the answer lines up with the future path you have in mind for your career is up to you, but at least you will know going into the role.
“What is your favourite thing about working here?”
This type of question can require a little courage, as you are asking your interviewer to break away from their role and speak to you on more of a peer level. It is more personal than asking for more information about the company in general, as it will give you more of an insight of how well the company takes care of their staff and what the culture is like.
“Can you tell me about the team I will be working with?”
You may have gotten a sense of what the company is about and what the culture is like, but is important to find out as much as possible about the people you will be working closely with. These will be the people you are surrounded by every day, so listen to all the information you are provided with.
“How will my performance be measured?”
You may have found out enough information about what will be expected of you in the role you are applying for, but it is important to find out how your performance will be measured. You will then know more about their expectations of you and how you can excel within the position.
“Do you offer any training in this role?”
If you are looking to better yourself and your skills through training, it is important you find out if this is something the company can offer you. It will also allow you to see how the company like to develop their staff.
“What is the next step in the process/when can I expect to hear from you?”
Showing your enthusiasm is a great way to end your interview by showing the interviewer you are keen to progress your application. It also means you won’t be sat around waiting and wondering when you will receive your feedback.