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While no two job interviews are the same, you can be certain that there will be a point in the interview when it’s your turn to ask the questions. By preparing a set of questions in advance, you can demonstrate that you’ve done your research on the company, you’re invested in the role, and show off your personality and knowledge. Your questions could impress the interviewer, plus the answers you get can help you make sure you’re making the right choice – don’t forget, an interview is a two-way process!
Choose your questions wisely and prioritise the questions which are most important to you. So skip the mundane questions like ‘What is your employee benefits?’ and ‘What is the salary bracket for this position?’ – your recruiter will likely be able to answer this for you, or you’ll have an opportunity to ask the employer at a later date i.e. a final stage interview or follow-up call. The more specific you get with your questions, the better you can showcase yourself.
What are the upcoming projects this role will be working on?
Typically, new roles are created to fill a requirement - this could be internally or from a client. Asking about upcoming projects not only shows interest in the role but also that you are commercially aware.
Can you describe the company’s objectives and how the team contributes to those?
Asking about the company’s objectives, shows you are interested in the bigger picture and demonstrates the ability to work as part of a team. It’s refreshing for interviewers to see the desire to make a positive contribution to the greater good of the business.
Are there plans for the company’s growth / new developments in the next few years?
Talking in years, as opposed to months, let’s the interviewer know you’re planning to be in it for the long run, and not just using the role as a stepping stone to your next move. Being inquisitive about the company’s growth plans shows ambition and that you want to be a part of that growth.
What are the key responsibilities of this position, and do you expect them to change within the next year or so?
It’s good to define what they consider are the key responsibilities from the job specification. If they mention a responsibility you haven’t covered in your answers so far, it also presents an opportunity for a discussion. Asking if they feel the responsibilities may change shows you are forward-thinking and able to be agile.
If I were successful, whom would I be reporting to / who will be reporting to me?
In a none-presumptuous way, it’s great to get a clearer picture of the team dynamics and structure. They’ll want to understand if you have any issues with authority, so this question allows you to demonstrate how you feel about taking directions from others / or managing others.
What other departments does the team interact with?
Whether it’s internal teams or external parties, it’s helpful to know what resources are available to you and who your likely to be communicating with regularly. Collaboration is a key requirement in many roles, and this question shows you are confident in communicating with others.
Do you have any final questions for me, or is there anything else that would be helpful for you at this stage?
This may seem an obvious question, but it demonstrates that you are not afraid to take control of a situation. If more than one person is interviewing you, this gives interviewers an equal chance to ask any burning questions they may have or may have missed.
What are the next steps in the process, and when can I expect to hear from you?
This question is a great way to sign off an interview. It assures the interviewer that you are still interested in the role after the course of the interview. It also demonstrates proactivity which was identified as a desirable trait by employers in our recent Skills Shortage Report.
Alongside preparing a good set of questions, our general interview advice, would be to treat the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation. For example, when asked a question, why not follow up your answer with an appropriate question to them? Their answer may provide you with insight when answering further questions and the chance to find common ground.
Ultimately, this is the stage of the interview when the ball is in your court! By preparing a strong set of considered questions, you’ll be able to let your knowledge, skills and characteristics shine through.
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