Five of the best questions to ask in an interview

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Friday, June 21st, 2019

Of all the common interview questions, there’s one that you’re likely to be asked no matter what job you’re applying for – and that’s “Any questions?”

You know it’s coming up at the end of your interview and it’s your last chance to leave the room with a good impression, so make it count.

Here are five of the best questions to ask in an interview, to show insight and enthusiasm, without coming across as if you think you’re the interviewer.

 

1. How does the role develop in the first year?

Show a long-term approach and a willingness to adapt to the changing nature of your role at one month, six months and a year.

It’s inevitable that your job will change in some ways as you complete your initial training, and it’s good to show enthusiasm for this part of the process.

This is also a good open-ended question so the interviewer will have to give you a full and engaged answer, and not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

 

2. What is the company culture like?

If it’s not already obvious from the company’s public persona or your time spent there during your interview day, this is another good, open and engaged question to ask.

You’ll also gain valuable insight into the kind of atmosphere you’ll be working in – which might even affect your own decision whether to take the job or not!

 

3. What is your own experience of working for the company?

Pay some personal attention to your interviewer and build some last-minute rapport by asking them about their own thoughts on the company they work for.

It’s best not to push this one – not all interviewers will feel comfortable having the tables turned on them – but it shows again that you are interested in the long-term company culture and potentially rising through the ranks to conduct interviews yourself in the future.

 

4. What are the company’s opportunities/challenges right now?

Gauge the current outlook for the company – are they working to overcome significant hurdles right now, or is everything looking rosy?

By asking this, you can also show a willingness to hit the ground running and join in your new team’s efforts to reach a common goal.

You might even have past experience of overcoming similar challenges in other jobs – and this could help to make you seem even more indispensable if your potential new employer is finding it hard to make progress.

 

5. Do you have everything you need from me?

You have an opportunity to tie up loose ends before you walk out, so it’s worth double checking that the interviewers are satisfied that they have everything they need.

For example, if you were asked to provide a CV, cover letter and references, make sure all of these were received and offer to follow up on providing further references if needed.

Depending on the role, you might also offer to provide proof of professional qualifications, as well as any other useful certificates – such as First Aid or Fire Safety – that you don’t think were mentioned enough in the interview.

 

Take a look at some other useful tricks, hints and tips to make sure you are prepared for anything, it never hurt to be too prepared!

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