The power of asking questions in a job interview
Have you ever been in an interview and the hiring manager asks, "do you have any questions for us?", and you panic and say "no, I think you've covered everything!"?
Well, being in an interview is a two-way street. Yes, it's about the organisation getting to know you, but as the candidate you are also interviewing them. You want to be able to make an informed decision on whether they are the right employer for you.
Many candidates underestimate the impact of asking questions during an interview. In reality, asking insightful and relevant questions can be a game-changer in the interview process.
In this blog, we'll explore why candidates should ask the interview questions and the benefits it can bring to both the candidate and the prospective employer.
What are the benefits?
Demonstrates genuine interest
When you ask a question, it shows the interviewer(s) your genuine interest in the position and the organisation. It shows them that you are keen and have looked more into the company's goals and values.
Helps you make an informed decision
An interview is not just about the employer assessing your fit for the company; it's also an opportunity for you to assess whether the company is the right fit for you.
Asking questions allows you to gain insights into the company culture, team dynamics, and the expectations for the role. This information is crucial in making an informed decision about whether the job aligns with your career aspirations.
Highlights your skills and experience
By asking questions about the team and role, you can then follow on with examples of your skills and experience that relate to those areas that you may not have covered during the rest of the interview.
Creates a memorable impression
You may be one of a few candidates attending an interview. The ones who stand out are often those who engage in conversation, and by asking questions it becomes more of a conversation than a one-sided interview. This shows the hiring manager that you can address challenges and seek solutions.
Prepare yourself for eight common interview questions
What should you ask?
Here are ten great questions that you can use in your next interview:
- Can you describe the priorities of the role in the first 30/60/90 days?
- What is the company culture like?
- Can you provide more information on the team I would be working with?
- What attributes would make a successful candidate?
- What are the company's current goals, and how does this role contribute?
- Do you have any hesitations about my experience?
- What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) for this role, and how are they measured?
- How does the company support ongoing training and professional development?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the team or department right now, and how can this role contribute to overcoming them?
- What is the next stage of the interview process?
Make an impression
In a job interview, asking questions is not just an option; it's a valuable opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm, professionalism, and suitability for the role. The questions you ask provide a window into your thought process, problem-solving abilities, and how you envision your future within the organisation.
So, next time you find yourself in an interview, remember that your questions are just as important as your answers. They can be the key to unlocking your dream job and showcasing your potential to prospective employers.
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