You’ve made it to the interview stage and have thought about the questions you think may come your way, but have you prepared a list of your own questions? An interview is as much about you finding out about your prospective employer as it is about them getting to know you.
Asking the right questions at interview can put you in good stead as it shows the interviewer that you have an interest in the company and are passionate about the position. It also demonstrates that you have thought carefully about what the role will entail and whether or not the company will be a good match for you.
Active participation at interview provides you with an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other candidates. It’s a chance to obtain further information regarding the position and the company from an employee’s perspective, which is something you will rarely be able to find through your own research.
There are four different categories of question you could use. The type of questions you choose to ask will vary depending on what information you want to gather and what stage you are at in the interviewing process.
Basic questions should be asked in the early stages of the interviewing process. The answers to these questions will help you understand more about the role and the company so you have a clearer idea of the skills you will want to emphasise in the later stages of the interviewing procedure.
- What do you see ahead for your company in the next couple of years?
- What do you consider to be your company’s important sectors and projects?
- What are the most important elements of this job?
- What is it about my CV that most appealed to you?
Job-related questions allow you to delve deeper into the requirements of the role you are applying for and gain a better understanding of what is expected of you. The answers to these questions will enable you to grasp the types of challenges you will face in your prospective role.
- What are the main objectives and responsibilities of the position?
- Where do you see this role developing to over the next few years?
- Where will the job fit into the team structure?
Cultural Fit Questions
Cultural fit questions can help you as a candidate to learn more about your prospective employer, their management style, processes and procedures they have in place as well as any ethics or values that are important to them. The answers to these questions will help you to establish what your prospective employer is like and whether the culture of the company matches your individual values.
- What are the main characteristics you’re looking for in the right candidate?
- What’s the atmosphere like within the team?
- How would you describe the company culture and management style?
- What opportunities do you make available for professional development and training?
Trial Close Questions
Trial close questions are usually asked before the final questions as a way to see if you’ve left the interviewer with questions or issues unaddressed. The answers to trial close questions will help a candidate to get a feeling of the interviewer’s overall impression of them.
- Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the position that I could try to address?
- If I’m successful what are the next steps in the interview process?
- What is your timeline for getting back to candidates about their progression?
If you’ve been provided with the interviewers email address when setting up the interview and you feel it went extremely well, it might be a good idea to send them a brief email thanking them for their time.