5 Questions To Ask At Your Job InterviewPosted: 21st of April 2015 by
Job interviews are stressful at the best of times – so unless you are prepared you can easily get caught out when asked if you have any questions at the end. Of course, you want to come across as thoughtful and intelligent, you want the interviewer to think you have really considered the job you are applying for, and you need to have done some research about the company before you got to the interview. Ideally, you will have been paying close attention during the interview too, so that you could come up with a couple of really good, pertinent questions for the inevitable ‘have you got any questions’ moment. Then again, you may have been doing all you could not to collapse from the stress of it all, and may not be as on-the-ball as you might hope. So, here we present 5 go-to questions to ask at the end of (pretty much) any interview:
1. Is there anything that you’d like me to explain further?
That’s right, you have turned the tables on the interviewer here and shot the question right back at them – like returning a serve in a game of tennis! This will, if nothing else, give you a moment more to think, and if the interviewer does come up with anything, you can wax lyrical about your skills a little bit longer, and hopefully sell yourself a little bit more.
2. What is a typical day in the role like?
Don’t ask this if the interviewer has already explained this to you, but otherwise this question should offer you a bit more insight into the day-to-day duties that you will need to perform in the job. It lets you delve a little bit deeper into the role. Listen to the reply, as you may be able to ask some follow-up questions about specific areas or tasks.
3. What training do you have available?
This will give you an idea as to how your future employer progresses values staff progression. There may be a rigid structure of training, or it may be looser, allowing you to pick and choose training modules accordingly. This question should show a willingness to progress and improve your skills, offering greater value to your employer.
4. What is the most challenging part of the job?
This shows a willingness to accept and tackle the tough part of the job as well as the nicer elements the interviewer was no doubt trying to tell you all about. Interviewers like to show their company and the job in a positive light, but this question gets right down to business and finds out what happens when everything doesn’t quite go to plan.
5. How do you manage staff performance and appraisals?
This question shows that you know you will be monitored and allows you a glimpse at how you will be measured in your role. Not only does this show awareness, but it also gives you some early information as to what sort of things your employer will be on the look-out for, and when and how appraisals are managed across the company.
Of course, you don’t have to ask any of these questions, and may have come up with something that you feel is better suited to you and the job you are going for. We would certainly advise that you do your homework and find out as much about the company and the job as you can before the interview, but by all means, feel free to use one or two of these suggestions to get you out of a tight spot!
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