Top 7 Questions you have to ask!
So you applied, and you really want this job huh? And you got the call, they want to see you! Congratulations! Now you’re thinking about the perfect interview- what does it look like?
Well we think it’s something like a game of tennis. Close your eyes and picture the ball bouncing back and forth between you and the interviewer. It should be a relaxed exchange of questions between you both. (we say relaxed – your probably fitter than we are!) They ask a question, you respond. Then you ask, and so on.
The key to a good set though is asking the right type of questions. Your questions enable you to dig a little deeper into what the interviewer wants to know and what the role really requires, allowing you to give focused and thought out answers! It also allows you to find out more about them and if you really want to work there.
So here’s our 7 tips and tricks to help get you into game mode:
QUESTION #1: What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
This is a great opportunity for you to understand how this company measures success. How do they measure your performance, are you targeted if so how and how often? These are big things to bear in mind.
QUESTION #2: What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees that uphold those values?
It’s a big topic and everyone is talking about it- make sure you are too! Ask questions about company culture, this will give you some ideas about what the company is really about and also what it values about its current employees too.
QUESTION #3: Are there opportunities for professional development? If so, what do those look like?
You ask this to understand more about your opportunity for growth within the role and also if the company offers a Learning and Development Programme Do you really want to stay doing the same thing for the next 5 years?
QUESTION #4: What’s your favourite part about working at the company?
Not only does this break the ice between you both but it also gives you a sense about what the interviewer thinks about working there. If they are positive this is a great sign, and if not that’s something to consider too.
QUESTION #5: What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
A great writer Annie Dillard once said “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” We spent more time at work then at home- we have to like what we do, including all the nitty gritty of everyday. Think about it!
QUESTION #6: Who will I be working most closely with?
This will really help you get a sense of who you will be working with, how many people in your team etc. It helps you build a bigger picture of the role itself.
QUESTION #7: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?
How can you build a complete picture though without the good and the bad? It’s all about balance! You want to understand the bad and then think about if you could deal with it and does it out weigh the good? Being realistic isn’t the same as being pessimistic!
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