How Asking Questions in You Interview Can Help You Land the Job
It’s the end of an awesome interview, and the hiring manager turns to you and asks the dreaded but commonly asked interview question… “Have you got any questions?”
Job seekers know that it’s crucial to say something, that the best interviews are a two way street, and that by asking the right questions you can prove that you’re the best candidate for the new position. Here’s some career advice to help you ask the best interview questions you can.
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The Best Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
Remember that when you’re in a job interview, you’re trying to show the interviewers that you’re the best candidate for the job, and this goes for the questions you ask too. Great questions will show that you know something about the company, have done your research or have prepared yourself (the best questions will do all three!)
Keep Questions Open Ended
Job interview questions should be open ended questions (i.e. not a yes or no answer) and show off your knowledge of the company.
I know that one of the company’s core values is equality. If I got the job, how could I get involved in that process?
This shows that you understand something about the company culture and have done a bit of research. It also shows your potential employer that you’re interested in more than the standard day-to-day responsibilities of the job, and that you’ll be a real asset to the company.
Another way to impress with both interview questions and answers is to ask something that follows up something already mentioned in the interview. If, during the interview process, it’s been mentioned that many of the employees of the company have travelled, a questions along the lines of:
You mentioned a lot of your employees have worked in the UK office. Is there a lot of travel involved in the job?
Questions like this shows the employer that you’re an active listener and that you’re genuinely interested in the job description and learning more about it.
5 of the Most Popular Questions to Ask in an Interview
Looking for the best questions to ask in an interview? Asking the right one demonstrates you have a working knowledge of the company, that you’ve done your research.
Some of the most common questions to ask in an interview (and the most favourable by employers) are:
What are you looking for in an ideal candidate?
How important is company culture in your workplace?
Do you offer continuous training or education to your employees?
When is the desired start date for this position?
What direction do you see the company moving towards in the future?
The Worst Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
There are some possible interview questions you could ask that should be avoided. Anything too cocky or overbearing is going to be a real red flag. The classic “how do I get your job” question is more likely to turn those involved in the hiring process off you than think you’re a winner.
Equally, if you ask questions that are too basic, you’ll look like you don’t know what you’re applying for. Asking what a typical day looks like is ok, but asking what you’re main responsibilities would be is not. One is asking for more details, and the other says “Hi, I didn’t do my due diligence and haven’t even bothered to find out what this potential new job is”.
The final big no is anything about time off or money. You should already know what the salary is since it’s almost always included in the job advertisement, and asking about vacation time or when you can have time off shows that you’re job is not your priority.
Questions to Ask in an Interview When You Don’t Have Anything Else to Ask
Sometimes interviews come up quickly and you don’t have time to do a great deal of research. Do a quick google search so that you know what the company is and re read the job description – this can even be done while in the waiting room! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity because you didn’t prepare! Equally, sometimes the interviewers will have already answered your questions during the interview or hiring process, but you still need to ask questions at the end of the interview to show them that you’re keen.
There are some questions that are always safe to ask. Something about the current management style or where there’s opportunities for professional development may not be specific to what’s been said in the interview or even to the company, but they’re still good questions that a new employee would need to know
Figuring out possible interview questions to ask can be one of the biggest challenges of your job search, and it can sometimes feel like landing your dream job relies on you asking more than the typical job interview questions. As long as you remember to ask something that shows off your knowledge of the company or role, or at least shows how enthusiastic you are about the company or role, the hiring manager will be able to see what a great fit you’ll be for the company, you’ll have done everything you can to make sure that your interview questions get you a job offer. Good luck!
Interviews are never a fun process, but making sure you’re prepared and go in there knowing exactly what to say can make it a lot more manageable. Good luck!
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