What Type of Questions should you Ask at an Interview?
If you are going for an interview any time soon, please take the time to do a little bit of research on the company. It might seem like a tedious waste of time but believe me, it’s not!
You should also make an effort to ask at least question at the end of the interview when invited to do so. Not only does it indicate you have taken an interest in the organisation and the role they have to offer but also helps to give you a clear picture of whether or not you would take the job should it be offered to you.
Example Interview Questions
Remember to ask questions about the job and the company itself, here are a few examples:
- What do you like about working here?
- What training and progressive training is provided?
- How much scope is there within this position in terms of personal growth, responsibility, flexibility?
- Could you expand upon your induction programme?
- Why is this position open?
- Has anyone filled this particular position in the past?
- The people whom thrive in this role, what qualities, attributes and skills do they have?
- How has the former person completing this role progressed?
- Looking at my CV, what do you consider are my strengths and weaknesses for this role?
- How would you describe the responsibilities of this position?
- What results and resolutions will be expected of me on a weekly basis?
- How is performance measured?
- What would be my immediate goals?
- How is a typical day / week in this position structured?
- How many people work in this office/department?
- Is any / how much travel is expected?
- How does the company intend to maintain its benchmark for being innovative / revolutionary /competitive, etc.?
- Do you have any expansion plans?
- Will you broaden your target market in time?
- What is your most popular target market?
- How many people are currently undertaking this role?
- Do you expect to change or augment your USPs?
- What attracted you to this company, have they fulfilled your expectations?
- Is there anything you don’t you like about working here?
- What is the company’s management style like?
- How is this company different from its competitors?
- What skills are in short supply within this department?
- Why did you decide to work here?
- How do you/the company motivate people?
- How does the team celebrate success?
- What could I do to make your job easier?
- If you won the lottery, would you still work here and why?
- What would your newest 5 staff members say about this organisation?
- What is your staff attrition rate?
- Why do staff leave this company?
- What’s the worst thing about working here?
- What is the biggest obstacle you face in the department/in the company?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of this department/the company?
- What does it take to succeed in this role?
- What traits would the ideal candidate have?
- What sets this company apart from its competitors?
- Is there anything about me you have reservations about?
- Do you have any concerns that would prevent you from hiring me?
- Did I answer all of your questions fully?
- Could I summarise why you should consider me for the position?
Of course, we cannot cover every type of job or industry in just one blog post but hopefully the above will give you an indication of what you can ask and help spur your imagination. Make yourself stand out and shine by devising a couple of really strong interview questions.
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