It is important that you are well prepared for any of the questions that interviewers throw your way, but an interview is a two way conversation. So when the interviewer says to you ‘Have you got any more questions’ take this opportunity to get to know them and the organisation better.
Here are 8 killer questions that you can ask the interviewer so you can ace that interview!
1. Could you run me through the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
You will get to know what to expect on a typical day and will allow you to decide whether this is the job that you really want. By learning what a day entails you will be able to identify which of your skills you can draw upon and other skills which you will be able to develop.
2. What do you enjoy the most about working for the company?
This will give you an insight into what the company culture is like and will allow you to connect with the interviewer at a more personal level. You will also be able to see whether the interviewer is genuinely satisfied within their job role, if they struggle to answer the question then you will know that they probably don’t enjoy their job very much.
3. Can you tell me about where you see the future of the company?
This question will show the interviewer that you are considering the long term growth of the company and will give you an idea of the direction that the company are headed. This is particularly important to ask when applying to work at a start-up organisation.
4. What important skills do I need to be successful in this role?
Although this should be in the job description you can ask what additional skills you may need that perhaps the previous employee had that helped them to be successful within the role. If you feel that you don’t have any of those skills you will be able to develop and improve on.
5. Can you tell me about the team I will be working with?
The answer to this question will tell you who you will be working alongside everyday so it is very important. If you get the role you will therefore know what to expect when you start there and the type of people you will be working with.
6. What concerns or reservations do you have about me in this role?
This question will show that you have an eagerness to learn and that you want to progress within your role at that company. Also if the interviewer brings up any skills that you don’t have then you will be aware of what you need to work on.
7. What does success look like to you?
This will give you an indication as to what expectations the company has and will give you something to strive towards if you get the job. You will also learn what is important to the organisation and will understand what you can do to grow and improve within your role.
8. Could you tell me what the next steps of the process are?
This will show that you are interesting in moving along in the process. Also it will save you from waiting around for THAT phone call, it will give you peace of mind if you know exactly when you will find out the outcome.
Article by Sophie-Anne Bradley of Student Job
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