5 Essential Questions to Ask at a Job Interview
“Do you have any questions for us?” “Ummm, nope don’t think so!” – Well done, you’ve most likely just thrown away your chances at landing your dream job.
Post-interview questions have always been important, but figuring out the best ones to ask is often as stressful as pre-interview research. If you’re not already asking questions, you urgently need to begin. Your questions indicate your interest in the job and how suitable you’d be for the role, so if you’re not asking, you’re regarded as disinterested!
Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place.
What does a typical day look like here?
Rather than a collection of buzzwords and terminology you may have only slightly grasped, this draws out exactly what you can expect to be doing on a day-to-day basis, rather than just being aware of ‘some of your responsibilities’. This will usually give you a clearer understanding of what the job will really be like, and how often you’ll be doing specific tasks. If there are a few things within the description you’re not keen on, and they’re predominantly what you’ll be doing, you can grasp if you really want this job.
What’s the best and worst thing about working here?
There’s nothing better than putting people on the spot. You’ve probably been asked ‘what’s your worst quality’ and attempted to spin it at least once in your life. Now’s your opportunity to watch someone else squirm! Showing you’re interested in both ends of the spectrum indicates you’re the type of person that isn’t expecting everything to be perfect and can power through the not-so-great times.
How would I be able to progress within the company?
Oh, so you don’t plan on being in the same job you’re applying for 10 years from now? – You may think this is one worth avoiding, but most companies are more than happy to see a bit of ambition. The key is specifying that you mean within the company, it’ll show your intentions of remaining loyal. Friends have asked the same question but said ‘from this role’, which just shows you’re only after the job to move on ASAP.
Who was doing this job before me and why did they leave the role?
This is a good way to gauge the work environment and general aspirations of the company’s employees. If the employer is particularly honest, it may even reveal that some things within the organisation aren’t perfect. This one may give you a bit of a non-answer that doesn’t really further your knowledge of the role, but it could reveal something vital – It’s worth just encase you’re able to dig out a gem.
Do you have any hesitancies about me, and if so, is there anything I can do to alleviate these?
After this question, sit back and listen carefully. This is your opportunity to patch up anything they may be unsure about. If they say no, you can leave the room feeling rather confident that you’ve done your best. Speaking from personal experience, some employers will be reluctant to answer this one, but keep probing for an answer if you can.
Remember, even after you’ve left the interview room, start thinking up more questions and write them down. In a world that’s always online, following up after an interview is easier now more than ever, there’s simply no excuse for not sending an email to your prospective employer after the hard work is done.
After an interview you’ve had more time to allow everything to sink in and your creative juices will be flowing ever-faster, so now is your chance to really grasp what it is you want to know and why. If you’re really interested in the job, you’ll create the perfect question without needing my help. – Be creative, be fearless and just do it, it’ll only work in your favour!
Written by Chris Johnson