In recent weeks I have introduced you to the 4 types of questions you could expect to be asked during an interview, they are:
- Requests for information
- Attitude Questions
- Trick Questions
When attending an interview it’s important to remember that you can ask questions too, after all an interview is a two-way conversation.
“Asking questions doesn’t mean you don’t know your job, asking questions means you want to improve the quality of your work”
By preparing compelling questions you will leave a positive impression and you could put yourself ahead of your competition even if your skills are not 100%. It’s always advisable to have 10 strong questions that you can ask either throughout the interview or towards the end.
Why should you prepare 10 questions?
You will generally find that a number of your questions will be answered by the interviewer before getting the opportunity to ask. I suggest that you write down your prepared questions in a smart note book. In the event that the interviewer has answered most of your questions during the interview you can refer to your notebook to provided evidence that you were well prepared.
If you find that you have in fact run out of questions to ask by the end of the interview then show the interviewer that you have listened with interest and ask for him/her to provide more information on a point that was mentioned during the interview. This will demonstrate to your interviewer that you’re interested in the role and the organisation.
Below are some examples that are universally appropriate:
- How will my performance be measured?
- What have been the department’s successes during the past couple of years?
- How long have you been working for the company?
- Why has this position become available?
- What opportunities are there for career development?
- Who else is in the department and what are their roles and responsibilities?
- What are the challenges within this role?
- Does the role involve training?
- What will my reporting line be?
- Which members of staff am I responsible for and what are their roles?
- Do you offer flexible working hours?
Don’t be afraid to ask those questions that will help you to assess whether the role is right for you. It’s important for you to leave the interview feeling confident, knowing that the role/company can meet your expectations.
How often have you attended an interview and after a few days or perhaps a couple of weeks heard nothing back?
Asking the following questions will help you to manage your expectations with regards to the interview process, there is nothing worse than waiting for information when you have no idea as to when you should receive it!
- How many potential candidates are you interviewing for this role?
- When would you be looking for the successful candidate to start?
- How soon can I expect to hear back from you?
- What further stages are there to your interview process?
And lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for the job if that’s what you want!