An interview can feel like it is a one-way street with you as the interviewee being interrogated, and having to come up with the perfect answer. However, we would encourage you to see it is an opportunity for you to ask some questions of your own, and delve into what it would be like to work at the company. After all, you have to like them as much as they like you! Preparing interview questions for you to ask also shows that you are serious about the role and have put some careful thought into the job and the company. You don’t have to have a list as long as your arm, but 3 or 4 thoughtful questions will show you in a positive light and put you in a better position to decide whether you want to take the role if it’s offered to you. Here are our top questions to ask at interview…
What are the most enjoyable and least enjoyable aspects of the role?
This will give you a great insight into some of the challenges of the role in particular. It can also lead to further discussion around the challenges and what support there is to help you meet them.
What is the work culture like here?
Culture fit is so important when choosing where to work. If the role sounds great but the culture is not what you’re after, you may want to reconsider, after all, it has a huge impact on how happy you feel at work. Otherwise, you may feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole!
What are the opportunities for training?
A company that takes the training of its staff seriously is a sign of great things to come. With plenty of training opportunities, you will add to existing skills and may stand a better chance of earning a promotion or at the least, adding some very saleable skills to your CV.
Is this a new or existing post?
It’s always interesting to know whether this is a new role – if it is, why has the role been created? If it is an existing role – what has your predecessor gone on to do? Both answers give you a great insight into how the company is developing and a potential future pathway within the company.
What would I be doing on a typical day?
This question is great for giving you a picture of what you will be doing in a typical day and whether that matches up with what you want to do at work.
What are the next steps and when can I expect to hear from you?
It is always good to get a fix on how long the process will be going forward and what may be involved in the next stages – this knowledge gives you a chance to get ahead of the game!
Hopefully, this has given you some great questions to ask – and remember, don’t be afraid to ask them! If you forget to ask some of your questions in the interview, it is perfectly acceptable to follow up with an email to your interviewer.