Towards the end of most interviews, the interviewer will generally ask the interviewee if they have any questions that they would like to ask. The tables in a sense are turned. At this point, you know the end is in sight, and it can be easy to dismiss this with a quick, “No, none, thank you”, so eager are you to hurry things along so that you can finally exit the room.
However, no matter how well you may have performed during the main part of the interview itself, if you fail to ask any questions here , you will really be doing yourself a great disservice. As well as of course preparing answers for the questions you are likely to be asked, your interview preparation should also include making a list of questions that you yourself can ask the interviewer. In a bid to help you create that list, we have collated here our own….
Top Questions That You Should Ask at Interview.
Is there anything at all that you would like me to clarify or explain further? This will provide you with a opportunity to expand on or enhance a previously given answer and it also gives the interviewer an opportunity to address any doubts or confusion they may have about you or something you have said.
What are the day to day duties involved with the job / What would a typical day be like? The interviewer may have already given you a broad overview of the role, however asking this will give you the chance to find out in more specific detail the realities of doing the job. It also lets the interviewer know that you are keen on finding out more than the job advertisement or job description covers.
What is the most difficult or challenging aspect of the role? This will highlight to the interviewer that you don’t just want to find out about the nice aspects of the role – the salary, the perks etc, but that you want to find out about the downside – the difficult days, the pressure , in essence the harsh reality. Whilst most interviewers will still “sell” the role and the company in as favourable a light as possible, this question may bring to your attention some facts that you may otherwise never have found out. Unless you get the job of course!
What type of training do you offer? Asking this will give you a greater insight into how the company develops its’ people . You will find out if there is a definitive structured training programme or if it is simply done on an ad hoc basis. To the interviewer, asking this will show that you are interested and keen on further advancing your skills, thereby being an even greater asset to the company.
How do you review staff performance? This will let the interviewer know that you are aware that performance has to be measured and that you are fully aware that results are what they are looking for. It also lets you find out how and when reviews and appraisals take place and thereby lets you know how focused they are on individual staff performances.
Check out page 2 for more top questions…
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