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10 Questions You Need To Ask During a Job Interview

03/11/2015

We have all been in this situation. You are coming to the end of the interview, and you are feeling fairly happy with how it has gone so far. You have one last hurdle to over come, the dreaded question. “So do you have any questions for us?” There are two ways to react to this; the first way is to act more British than you have ever done in your life and you say sorry more times in one sentence than you have said in the last year. “No sorry, none that I can think of, sorry.” The second reaction is one that comes from someone that is prepared for these questions and ready to impress. They have had these questions on the tip of their tongue from the minute they walked into the building.

But what are these questions that you should be asking and why should you be asking them? We sat down with a few of the recruitment experts here at THOMAS Recruitment to get their views on this subject.

 

1. “Is there an opportunity to progress within the company from this role?”

 

This seems like a pretty standard question to ask, but it shows that you have ambition and that you are looking to advance your career in the future.

 

2.”Do you offer any training schemes or training initiatives?”

 

Again like the first question, it is straight out of the interview text book. But just like the first question it shows that you are think long term about you career and ambitions. It will also help you add more value to the organisation.

 

3. “What part of the role is the most enjoyable and what part is the least enjoyable?”

 

In an ideal world ever part of a job is great, in the real world there are parts of the job you will enjoy and there are parts you will dread the thought of. Talking through both sides of the role during the interview not only shows that you are aware of this, but that you are willing to deal with this head on and that you are ready to embrace it.

 

 4. “What is the work culture like within the organisation?”

 

By asking this you are showing an interest in all aspects of the company. Whilst learning about the job and what you will be doing is vital, learning about the company itself is also extremely important. The most important thing within any organisation is the people that work with in it. Making sure you fit into that is important for both the company and yourself. To be successful within a job the organisation has to suit you just as much as you suit the organisation.

 

5. “As the manager of the role, how do you like to work with your staff?”

 

This is a great way to learn about your potential new boss and what you can come to expect of them should you be successful with the interview. Again it is seeing if the company fits you as much as seeing if you fit the company. Plus it never hurts to try and get to know more about your new boss.

 

6. There isn’t a way of creating a one size fits all question for this, but it could be one of the most important questions you can ask. But if you have carried out a lot of preparation in the run up to this interview then bring up something that makes you curious about the role itself or the company. Ask about changes to the industry that this company operates in and how the company plans to react to this. It shows you have a deep understanding of the industry and is sure to go down well with all of those in the interview.

 

7. “Where do you see the business going over the next five years?”

 

This might feel like you are turning on the interviewer, but it actually shows that you are taking an active interest in not only your own future but also the future of the organisation. There is no harm in prodding the interviewer to get as much information on the business out of them, as long as it is asked in the right way. Don’t be too abrupt but don’t be afraid to push for answers.

 

8. “What were the reasons for the last person leaving this role?”

 

This will give you a big insight into the culture within the company. If the role has had lots of people in it that haven’t stayed then perhaps there is a deep lying problem either within the job or the organisation itself.

 

9. “What are you looking for in the ideal candidate?”

 

This might seem like a tough question to ask, especially if you are afraid to hear the answer and realise that it is not you. However if you think they are describing you, don’t mention it. Confidence in an interview is one thing but nothing will make an interviewer go off a person faster than arrogance. No one likes an egomaniac.

 

And finally

10. “When can I expect to hear back from yourselves after the interview?”

This question is important, not only does it make you appear keen for the role it will also help put your mind at rest. There is nothing worse than for your own sanity than waiting for weeks on end, waiting for the phone to ring only to hear nothing back. Get an idea of when they will be in contact and follow up if they haven’t been in touch after that time.

 

Just by asking two or three of these questions you could really leave a lasting impression coming out of the interview. It is easy to freeze and not ask a couple of questions but by taking just a few extra minutes to prepare you really can make yourself stand out from the crowd. 

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