You’ve done it. You’ve got to the end of your interview and successfully answered every question.
But before you breathe a huge sigh of relief and call your mum to tell her how it went, you’ll usually be asked by the interviewer if you have any questions of your own. Be prepared!
Asking certain questions can be beneficial as they help you gain more information about the job – as well as potentially making you stand out from other candidates.
An interview is a two-way street; you’re interviewing the employer just as much as they are interviewing you. After all, it’s important that you both know if the job in question would be a good fit.
And beware. Failure to ask any questions can be harmful to your chances and make you appear disinterested. Ask at least a couple, but always have more questions prepared in case some are answered during the course of the interview.
Here are a few to consider:
1) What qualities are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
By asking this you allow the employer to state what skills and qualities the successful candidate must possess. This will afford you one last opportunity to explain why you’re their ideal person and show you possess those key attributes they’re looking for. Sell yourself!
2) What do you think are the biggest challenges for the person in this role?
This question shows you’re realistic. It tells the interviewer that you know working life is not always plain sailing and that you’re prepared to tackle any challenges head on.
3) When did you start here and what’s your favourite part of your job?
This time it’s personal. A question of this nature allows the interviewer to talk openly and share their experiences of the company. As well as connecting with them on a different level, it will also give you a brief insight into how satisfied that person is with their job. If an interviewer is struggling to find something they like about their position, you may want to think twice about whether this is the right place for you.
4) What type of training opportunities are offered within the company?
This question highlights to the employer that you’re a go-getter who wants to continuously improve themselves and add value to the company. What employer wouldn’t want someone who is willing and able to expand their knowledge and grow?
5) What is the next step in this process?
This is a classic question which not only confirms you are ambitious about moving forward, but also gives you information on important future interview or assessment dates. It can also prompt the interviewer to let you know how many other candidates you’re up against – it’s always good to know about your competition!