Job-seeking can be tough so when you finally get an interview for a role you want, you have to make the most of the experience. You should dress up smart, be polite, and really sell yourself to the interviewer. However, even after all this, many of us make the most basic mistake at the end of the interview. When the prospective employer says ‘do you have any questions for me?’, this doesn’t mean that you can relax and that the interview is over as many seem to believe.
Ultimately, you could have the best interview of all the candidates but if you don’t ask the right questions at the end (or any), it can immediate ruin your chances. You need to show your interest and show that you are taking the role seriously so here are 10 top questions to help you stand out.
Top 10 Interview Questions:
Can you make me aware of a typical day in my role? – This can be a good starting point because it shows that you are interested in what you will be doing and it gives you a chance to show off a little if you have done any of the tasks the interviewer mentions.
What would be expected of me? – Again, a solid starting point because you need to know what would be expected of you if you were to be chosen for the role. The last thing you or the company wants is for you to get hired only to find that you had to do things you weren’t expecting; this will just waste your time and money as well as the business’.
What are some of the short term goals you want to see achieved in this position ? – This question is clever for a number of reasons; firstly, it could give you a level of job security. Secondly, you want to show how you can help them get there and you could even discuss ideas. Thirdly, it could give you an idea of what progression you could aim for.
Will there be opportunities to move up the ladder? – All employers want to hear this question because it suggests that you are eager and are already interested in promotions before you have even been given the job.
Would I receive any training before starting? – If you have any worries regarding your ability to do the job but don’t necessarily want to point it out, this can be a great question to ask. If there is training, your fears will be relieved but if there isn’t, this is something that can be discussed.
How does the training process work? – The level of training you receive can give you a good indication of how the business operates; for example, if they stick you in a room with a DVD playing, it could suggest a lack of help. However, if the training is one-to-one, it shows that they spend a bit more money and attention on the training of employees.
What is the working environment like here? – This will allow you to find out whether there is a great group dynamic or whether the business is largely individual-based plus extra little details. Employers like this question because it shows that you are interested in becoming a part of the team and not just the job alone.
What are my potential colleagues like? – Not only will this impress the interviewer because you are showing even more interest, you will also find out vital information about the team. If they talk about how lazy they are and how certain employees are avoided because they don’t work well in a team, it can actually provide you with a bit of a warning.
What happens next? – The last two questions will really help you to stand out and are focused on what you should say as the interview is closing up. This first one is important because you do not want to leave the room not knowing what happens next, you need to know exactly when you should expect a phone call or an email. When they tell you, say ‘I look forward to hearing from you’.
Is there any worries I can ease about my application? – This is a fantastic way to end the interview because you are essentially asking ‘how have I done?’ without actually saying it directly. If they mention a particular worry that they have about your experience, skills, or qualifications, you can fight your corner and either put them right or explain why it shouldn’t be a problem. This question will allow you to ease worries and could potentially turn your application from ‘good’ to ‘great’.
These are 10 fantastic questions that you should ask in your next interview; they really will help you to stand out as many people choose not to ask any at all which is a fatal error. You want to show your passion for the role and that you would make an excellent addition to the team and these questions will allow you to do exactly that.
Robert Moment is an author and get hired expert who specializes in interview coaching that help ambitious people get hired for jobs and make more money. Robert is the author of several professional development books including, Interview Tips. Visit his site and sign up for the FREE 10 Day e-Course titled, How to Interview for a Job and Get Hired. Visit http://www.HowtoInterviewTips.com