Best questions to ask in a job interview
As someone who is currently job hunting I am getting plenty of practice at interviews. Below are the best questions to ask in a job interview.
While most of us are aware of the best questions to ask during interviews often we can end interviews without asking any final questions and this is where the job interview can fall down.
You want the potential employer to remember you and one of the best ways (after of course arriving early, being dressed appropriate, researching the company etc) is to have a good set of final end interview questions. Below are a few that I have used (which I am pleased to say are getting me to the 2nd round of interviews)
When interviewing for a new role remember it is a two-way street. You are finding out about the company and the role and they are finding out if you are a good fit for the role and company. Future employers want to know about what skills you can bring to a role. So you must prepare a selection of good questions to ask your potential employer.
Do not ask the following questions at your first interview
- What time is the lunch break?
- What is the salary? (generally the salary guide will be in the job spec) When applying for a role you can state in your initial application the salary you are seeking. Only start to discuss salary and other benefits when you are offered the position.
- What is the annual bonus?
- What does your company do? – you should have already researched the company. Top tip – pick 5 points from the website (not just page 1) and mention them when they ask what you know about the company.
- Do you monitor internet usage?
- How many hours will I have to work? – by asking this it can imply you want to work as little as possible – You can change this to ask what are the core hours. By saying core hours this will imply you will be willing to work outside those hours.
Best questions to ask in a job interview
What are the day-to-day duties in this role?
By asking this question it gives you a feel of the role and what is required on a daily basis. You can then expand on your core skills that are in the job spec. By doing this the interviewer will get an insight into how you can fit into the organisation.
Why did the last person leave?
This is a great question as it tells you a lot about the company. If they say a) it is a new role, b) the person is retiring or moving or c) we realise we need a new person as the role has grown than you know it is going to be a good company to work for BUT if they say we had to get rid of the last person because of x y or z then alarm bells should start ringing as if they sacked of the last person then perhaps they could be difficult to work for. In fact I had a telephone interview recently and asked this question and was told they sacked the last person!
What are the important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
By asking this question you will find out more information that from the basic job spec. You will discover more about the company culture and their expectations. By expanding on this you can show the interviewer you are the perfect fit
What are the company plans for the next few years?
The last thing you want is to take a role and then become redundant a few months or years later. If you want to stay in a new role for a long time this question will help you understand how the company is growing and that you can stay for a considerable time.
What do you enjoy most about working here?
This will make the interviewer feel important that you are interested in them. Top tip: If you can try to reasearch the career history of the people who will be interviewing you- Often information can be gained from the website of the company or look at LinkedIn which should have some general information on them.
Who would be the ideal candidate for the role and out of all the people you have interviewed how do I compare?
It could be a risk asking this question and you may not feel comfortable asking this. But it will give the interviewer a chance to decide if your skills are ideally suited to the role and if you could be the perfect fit.
What is the next stage of the process?
This is a good question as you can find out the time line. It could be for example there could be another 3 interviews (useful to know especially if you have several other interviews with other companies. By asking about next stage rather than when a decision will be made gives you a better timescale.
Is there anything else I can offer to help you make your final decision.
This is a nice and polite question to ask at the end of any interview. It will help give you reassurance that you have covered everything in the interview and not gone out the door and thought ”I forgot to ask about x y or z’
I hope these few interview do and don’ts will help you if you (like me) are currently interviewing.
Good luck in the job hunt.