10 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview
Most of us will prepare answers to the most common interview questions which are asked at most job interviews, but how about preparing for some questions to ask the interviewer? At all interviews, mainly towards the end of the interview the candidate will be asked if they have any questions they would like to ask. It is very common for the candidate to answer with a simple ‘No’ rather than making the most out of this opportunity. This could be a valuable part of the interview as you could gather some useful information here and it will also make you look extremely interested in the job role and what it entails.
At Debbie Burbage Recruitment we don’t expect you to ask all of these questions, but if you do note a few of them down to take to your next job interview then it could be very beneficial to you.
1. What is the most enjoyable part of working for the company?
This will give the interviewer the chance of selling the job to you. The interviewer may give you an insight into working for this particular company and this will give you a good idea of what to do if you are offered the job role and whether or not you accept the offer.
2. What are the most important skills to have to work for the company?
During the interview and through your CV you will of already stated what skills you have, but having an understanding of the most important skills to have for this job can give you an opportunity to express that you already have those particular skills. If you don’t have the skills that are needed then you can always take a way what you have learnt and practice gaining those skills for another job opportunity which may arise.
3. What are the main expectations for this job role?
Similar to understanding what skills are needed for the job role, it is also important to understand what the main expectations are for this particular role. Note down what these expectations are so you are prepared for if you were to be accepted for this job role.
4. How do most employees schedule each working day?
An answer to this question will give you an insight into a day of working for this particular company and you will gain an understanding of how your working day could be if you were to be accepted.
5. Do you have time to introduce me to the team I could be working with?
A job interview isn’t just about the company learning about yourself, it is also an opportunity for you to learn about the company you could be working for. Asking to meet with the team is a great way to meet some of the people you could be working with and also getting them to know you.
6. Are there any mistakes I could avoid when starting this job role?
It is only natural to make mistakes when starting a new job, it is a brand new path for you and it does take time to get used to a new job role. However understanding common mistakes new employees make is a good way to avoid any mistakes that others have made and it will show that you are keen on doing things right.
7. What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question is an important one to ask so that you understand what the next steps are. The interviewer will explain what the process is and whether you may need to come back for another assessment or will receive a phone call within the week.
8. What do most employees do in their spare time?
This question will gain an insight into the type of people that work for the company and you will get an understanding of what their interests are. This will not only reveal how well you could get on with other employees but it will also show how much their employer knows about them.
9. Is there any more information I could give you about myself?
This question gives the interviewer the opportunity of asking some questions they may not of thought of until after the interview and gives them a chance of finding out that bit more about yourself which could help in their decision to offer you the job.
10. What position could this job role lead to?
Asking about the future is a good sign that you are interested in working for the company. This question will reveal other positions that you could work towards if you were to be accepted for the job role.
Make sure all of your questions are prepared for in advance. Take a notebook with you with the questions laid out and make notes of any answers made. These notes will come in handy whether you are successful or unsuccessful. If you are successful then the notes will help you settle into the job role, if you are unsuccessful then you can use the answers to help in future interviews and even future job roles.