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Interview Questions Everyone Should Ask

28/02/17

Interview Questions Everyone Should Ask

For some it’s that dreaded part at the end of every interview when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. Many jobseekers are never sure how much detail to go into at this stage and it’s not always easy to strike a balance – ask too many questions and it can seem presumptive but ask too few and it can give the impression that you’re not interested in the role. In order give yourself the best chance to success you’ll need to have at least a couple of well-rounded questions prepared.

Perhaps you are looking for some clarity around the company’s business or need to confirm any logistical issues you see around the role.

Read on to find out what questions we think you should be asking at every interview.

Why is the role open?

Is this a newly created position or has someone left or been promoted? If it’s new you’ll probably want to find out more about why it’s been created and what expectations the company have for the role. If you feel that the interviewer is being open perhaps you can ask why the previous incumbent left the position.

What challenges does the interviewer see in the role?

You should always try to get the person interviewing you to talk about challenges, not problems. It shows that you are looking positively at the role! Some challenges may be structural from within the business, some may be to do with skills or capabilities and others arising from expectations. In order to succeed in the position you will need to have a clear indication of the challenges you will be facing and if you will feel comfortable in that role.

What are the company’s expectations?

If these haven’t been covered in the previous answer then ask directly. You want to know where the company see the role going, and also how they see the successful candidate developing. Use this question as an opportunity to find out more about how the company sees the role and what success looks like.

What will the priorities be?

If something’s going to go wrong in a new job it will invariably happen in the first three months. You need to really understand what your immediate priorities will be. You also need to try to get an understanding of the company’s on boarding process and, if it’s a new position, what kind of support you can expect.

Contact our dedicated recruitment teams today who will walk you through the recruitment process and make the dreaded interview stage as painless as possible.

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Recent Comments
Very useful suggestions, but I feel that if you ask something the interviewer or panel does not like it can ruin your potential, and sometimes it depends on the person questioning you.
Barbara Bennett, 11 June 2016
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