Now, Have You Got Any Questions For Us?
A Chance to Show How Much You have Thought About This Job
Interviews – at the end they always ask if you have any questions for them. From my own experience and that of my clients usually by the end people are feeling quite wrung out as they have been quite anxious for several hours and have concentrated hard to answer all of the questions asked of them. So filled with relief they are then faced with a question and start wracking their brains to think of something to ask! If a person is in the position where getting a job is a high priority (most of the people going for an interview) then thinking of questions is not something they really want to do as it puts the candidate in the position of imagining they have the job even more than the rest of the process.
Do Ask Questions – They Will Help You To Stand Out
However, it is highly recommended that you do ask questions as some well thought out queries shows that you are interested in the job and that you have something extra about you. It might just help you to stand out.
Do you Really Want The Job?
Another reason to ask questions is to see if you want the job. Most people do think that the interview is a test to see if they are good enough to get a new job, but actually it is also a chance for you to see if you want to work there. Often the power imbalance is quite palpable but remember the employer also needs a member of staff who fits in with the company, will perform well and will give a good impression of their company. If you have this to offer then choose where you decide to work with care and don’t sell yourself short by accepting a position that doesn’t fit with your values.
Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview
So to help you when you attend your next interview, here are some really good ones:-
- How is performance measured in this role?
- Is there any training available and how is CPD encouraged and promoted?
- What are the long term opportunities with this company?
- What do you see will be the key challenges of this role?
- When you started with the company, what surprised you most about working here?
- What makes you successful in this role?
- Can you describe the culture of the company?
- What would you say is the leadership style of the management within the company?
- What are the plans for the company / project in the next 5 years?
- Why did the previous employee in this role leave the company?
- What are the most important skills needed for this role?
- How long have the other employees worked here for?
- If the answer to this is a long time ask how they plan to integrate a new employee into the
- If it’s a short time ask if there has been a high staff turnover.
So remember, be prepared. It might just help you stand out and be offered the job over someone who doesn’t ask relevant and pertinent questions.
If you need further help or have any questions about interviews, how to make your CV stand out or where to look for your next role, get in touch with Kelly – 07881294894 or email Kelly@CygnetCareers.com
Or if you have any other good interview questions to ask an employer, please share them in the comments. We would love to hear from you.