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An interview isn’t a one way street.
Yes, you are there to answer any questions the interviewer wants to know about you, but going through the whole process without asking any questions to the interviewer yourself could have a negative effect on how they see you as a candidate.
Thinking up and then preparing some questions can be difficult, so here is a list of five interesting questions that will help towards you leaving a lasting impression once the interview is over.
1) What opportunities are there to progress within the business?
This is always a good question to ask in an interview. Firstly, you can benefit from knowing the answer as it will tell you exactly what opportunities there are to advance with your career within the business. Secondly, it shows the interviewer first hand that your intentions aren’t to stay in the exact same position9 and shows that you clearly want to better yourself and progress within the company.
2) Can you tell me about the team I will be working with and the wider business structure?
This tells the interviewer that you have a genuine interest for learning about the people you will be working alongside as well as finding out how the company works as a whole. This question also makes the interviewer picture you as part of their team, mainly due to the way it’s worded. Notice the question states “can you tell me about the team I will be working with?” This will also let the interviewer see your confidence as a candidate.
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3) What would a typical day be like in this role?
A question like this gives the interviewer the indication that you are interested in knowing what the general day-to-day activities will consist of, showing that your intentions for the role are long term. Learning about the general day-to-day responsibilities will also benefit you by giving you the ability to see how the smaller company objectives all work towards achieving large company targets.
4) What have you enjoyed most about working here?
The answer to this can be valuable to you in the sense that it will give you an indication on some of the benefits of working for the company and what the organisation is like as a whole. This also gets the interviewer to think on their feet about the positives of the company in general, giving a hint at whether it’s a business you want to be working for.
5) What is the next step in the interview process?
This final question makes the interviewer see that you have a clear desire to organise yourself and plan ahead, which are attributes most employers look for in a candidate. This question also shows that you are passionate about getting the job, proving that you are genuinely interested in the whole process and don’t just want to get the interview over and done with.
A combination of these questions, along with any specific questions relating to the particular role you’re applying for, will definitely help you to come across as the ideal, well-rounded candidate to fill the vacancy.
This has been a guest post from our friends at Bromak, interview experts!
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