It is always a good idea to have questions prepared for an interview. It shows that you've thought carefully about what the job entails and are genuinely interested in it. Be sure when deciding which questions to ask that they are not already answered in company literature or on the Web site. Asking the question will show a lack of preparation. Questions need to be selected carefully, not sounding too trivial or too upfront. Whether there is a coffee machine may be important to you, but the interviewer won't be impressed, and NEVER raise the issue of pay, wait until the subject is brought up.
Your questions should be tailored to the individual job and company, but there are some which can be used in most situations:
- What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the post?
- What are the company's plans for the next five years?
- What are the company's signature behaviour's and values?
- How and where does this position fit into the structure of the department? Do you have an organizational chart?
- What are the key challenges in the first few weeks and months of the role?
- How will you assess that I'm doing a good job? What will I have achieved in 6 months or 12 months?
- Do you have any concerns about my experience, education, skills?
- What are the reasons that the job came about - if it's an existing job why did the person move on? If it's a new job why has it been created?
Even when you've chosen your questions, the problems don't end there. You also need to be sure that the question hasn't been answered during the interview. If it has, don't be afraid to tell the interviewer (e.g. "I had a number of questions prepared but we have covered them during our meeting - thank you").
What type of questions will they ask you?
There are literally hundreds of questions which occur with great regularity at interviews but there are only around half a dozen reasons behind all of them. Every potential employer has routine needs and these will underpin most questions. If you prepare for these are you will be pretty much in the driving seat.
- Why are you actually applying for this job? Make sure you know in detail about the post and the company and how you, your experience and skills relate to it.
- What can you do for the company? What do they really want? Find out in advance and relate what you have to offer in terms of their real needs.
- What sort of person are you and will you fit in here? Personality is a big issue with many recruiters looking for a new member of a team. Assess yourself, your skills and personality and be prepared to discuss how they relate to the culture and demands of your potential employer and their team.
- What makes you different from the rest of the interviewees? You have to make yourself sound special without sounding arrogant. Remember you don't know any of the others properly so don't be rude about them. Be honest and blow your trumpet where you can back it up with facts. Skills and experience are usually dealt with elsewhere, so focus on personality, attitude and aptitude here.
Questions that may trip you up
With all responses, always be as succinct as possible, if the interviewers want to know more they will ask. Always try and emphasise the positive and relate yourself to the post.
- Tell us about you - Your personality and life outside of employment are important. Try to work in how your personality, passions and interests relate to work and will enhance your performance. Take a couple of minutes and advance chronologically through your private life but then shift to your employment history.
- What are you applying to this company in particular? You have got to know about the company and what they are doing - so research in advance.
- Why did you leave/want to leave your last job? Always put a positive spin on this and be gracious about your old employer and colleagues. Cite new horizons, new challenges and opportunities.
- Where do you see yourself in five years from now? You certainly don't want to appear to be staying still. Be specific and show that you have really thought about this in terms of your career development with the company. A little carefully thought out ambition never did any harm.
- What is your greatest weakness? Think positive, turn that weakness into strength - e.g. being outspoken might upset other staff but it's also a good, frank, no-nonsense attitude which goes down well in the work place - for some at least
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