What to ask at Interview

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Posted 08.11.22

What to ask at Interview Questions

Are you worried your mind will go blank when asked “have you got any questions?” What to ask at Interview is one of those things you should definitely think about beforehand. The worst thing you can do is say “No I don’t think so” at this point.

“Do you have any Questions?”

There will nearly always be an opportunity to ask the interviewer questions at the end of your interview. Always have a couple of questions ready to ask at this point. Remember, the interview is a two‐way process, so you need to be sure you want to join them too. This is a good way to get some more information to help you make a decision.

It’s a good idea to write your questions down prior to the interview and take them with you as some of these may have been answered during the interview itself – so be prepared.

Suggested questions you could ask include:

  • How would you describe the company culture and management style?
  • How will the job fit into the team structure?
  • Are there any particular skills gaps in the team you are looking to fill with this role?
  • Are there any plans for expansion?
  • What can I expect from you in terms of development, training and support?
  • What are the necessary attributes to succeed in this role?
  • What are some of the challenges that someone in this position could face?

Do your homework before every interview – check out the companies website, PR/News section and any social media. This will give you an insight into what is important to them and also what they have been up to. Have they won any large contracts recently? Or about to close on a big project? This is all information you can use in your interview, not only  to facilitate questions but to also show that you have an interest in what they do. This will definitely win you points for effort!

Generally, it is not recommended that you ask about pay or benefits at the first interview. This gives the impression that you are not so interested in the company or role.

Get the interviewer(s) to talk about themselves, their role and the company in general by asking open questions. People are always keen to talk about themselves and subjects close to their hearts e.g. their company and position.

Clever use of open questions will also be very informative. You can learn more about the organisation and the sort of people they employ, including your possible boss! ‐ great for helping you to decide if you’ll fit in. But remember, listening skills are equally as important as being able to talk and present.

In Conclusion

The really important thing is to do your research! Look up the company, check out their website and socials, see what projects they are working on or what is important to them and use this knowledge in the interview process. This shows you have taken an interest to find out about the company before attending. This will definitely make you stand out as a viable and desirable candidate.

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