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The Importance of Asking Questions

Posted by: Megan Cartwright

If I were to give just one piece of advice to my candidates who are going in for an interview with one of my clients, it would be to ask some good, well thought out questions.

Now I’ve never been told of, or been to, an interview where the potential employer hasn’t closed with do you have any questions? Alarm bells ring for most employers when the only questions a candidate asks are in relation to salary, working hours or perks.

The importance of asking questions lies in finding out if the role is right for you – the interview is a two-way street and should be the time in which you can evaluate whether it’s a role you want, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. At the end of the day it’s in everyone’s interests to ensure that the role is one you’d be well-suited to. Yes, salary, benefits and hours are obviously important boxes that need to be ticked to find out if the role is viable for you and your family, but the position itself is just as important.

This is your time to show the employer that you know about the company and the position… Employers want their staff to genuinely enjoy working at their company, as happier employees are generally more productive: asking insightful questions reinforces this and shows enthusiasm, and displaying that you are giving careful consideration to your next role shows that you will be dedicated when you get the job.

Obviously the questions need to be specifically tailored to the role, the company and the project, but as a starter here are some interview questions you could think about adapting to fit:

  • Who would be the ideal candidate for this role? What sorts of projects would they have worked on before and how much experience would they have?
  • What do you personally enjoy about working here?
  • How is success rewarded and measured?
  • What new skills can I hope to learn here?
  • Can you tell me a little about the team I’ll be working with?
  • Can you tell me about the company’s plans for growth in the coming years?

It’s also worth taking into account what you’ve learnt about the company during your previous experience or your interview preparation to ask them about something they’ve been working on recently – “how have your customers responded to x?” or “how has x affected y?” would work well.

Are there any go-to questions you love to hear or use during the interview process? Let me know!

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