Asking Questions at Job interviews

When at an interview for any job, it is important for you to not only seem engaged and interested in the role, but also to make sure that you find out as much as possible about the company and the role. This is where pre-prepared questions come in.

There are several significant benefits to asking questions in any interview process. Firstly, and most logically, you can learn invaluable information about the business, the role, the culture, etc that you may need in order to make a decision to accept the role, if offered. Secondly, bringing along some pre-prepared questions will show interviewers that you are being measured and methodical in your search, and that you are serious about potentially joining the business

A candidate who asks questions at interview immediately demonstrates that they are properly engaged with the interview process and serious about looking at the company as a potential customer for their skills. Job interviews should always be a two-way street and as such it’s vital that the candidate holds up their end of the bargain by asking questions. All that said, it’s important that the candidate pays attention to the interview format, often there is a specifically defined time (generally toward the end of the interview) for candidate questions.

It is important to remember that you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. A company website will provide all the positive information about the company and a job description tends to be a list of functional requirements so it is very important to understand, for example – what are the challenges for the company, what is the companies/departments plans for the future, what is the culture like, why does the vacancy exist etc.

For a large list of ‘’Questions to ask at an Interview’’ and other helpful information, check out our Advice page, however here are a few main suggested questions to ask:

‘’What expectations will you have of me in the first three, six and twelve months?’’ The answer to this question allows you to learn more about the role and what will be expected of you. This information in turn should allow you to make a more informed decision if you are offered the role.

‘’How will my success be judged?’’ Asking this question shows the interviewer that you care about your success within the role and about the part you will play within the department/organisation.

“Do you have any reservations about my ability to do this job”? This gives the interviewer a chance to bring up any concerns they have which can then be addressed before you leave the interview.

Asking the interviewer ‘’Why did you chose to join the business and what aspects of working here do you particularly enjoy?’’ shows that you are interested in learning about what the business has to offer as well as allowing you a peak at the overall company culture.

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