6 Questions To Ask During An Interview

January 11, 2019
by Melissa Porter
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We all know that the interview is a two-way process that not only helps the hiring managers learn more about you, but it’s also a great chance for you to learn about all the other aspects of the role that don’t often get listed on a job description.

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may offer the opportunity to ask any questions that may not have been covered during your meeting.

This is a crucial part of the interview, as the interviewer will be expecting you to have questions prepared to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the opportunity. Asking questions could not only put you ahead of the other candidates, but it will also help you evaluate whether this is the right opportunity for you.

To make sure you obtain as much knowledge as you can during your interview, here are 6 questions that are guaranteed to impress your potential employer.

 

What aspect of working here do you enjoy the most?

Your interviewer shouldn’t have to think about this answer and should be able to give you a genuine insight into the highlights of the company. Their answer should also serve as an additional opportunity to further sell the business to you from their personal perspective and give you a better understanding as to what keeps them working there, rather than somewhere else.

Beware, however, if the interviewer hesitates or is unable to answer the question, you may want to tread carefully.

 

What does a typical day in this position look like?

Yes, you may have a copy of the job description to hand, but it only serves as a general overview of what duties to expect from your position. Asking your interviewer to run through what a typical day looks like in this role will give you a clearer idea as to what is expected from you on a daily basis. This information will be helpful give you insights into what skills you will need for the role and can and can better help you evaluate whether this is the right role for you.

 

What makes this company stand out from its competitors?

This type of question offers the interviewer the perfect opportunity to highlight the business’ unique selling points to better help you understand why you should choose their business over their competitors. The answer to this question can also uncover more information about the company that may not be otherwise available, such as their core values, company ethics, standards, quality, approach, etc. It also demonstrates to the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in learning more about the business, as well as the wider industry.

 

What plans do you have for the business throughout the next 3 years?

This is the classic “where do you see yourself in 3 years” question but reversed. When an interviewer asks this question, they are keen to learn about your career goals and aspirations, and where their business will fit in with your long-term plans. Reversing this scenario will allow you to learn about what plans the business may have for any growth, expansions, or projects, and can also provide more information on where they can see your role progressing in the future.

 

What does the training consist of?

A sure-fire way to ascertain how a company invests in their staff is to ask about their training and development plans. There are some companies out there that can boast about comprehensive training to entice applicants, but the reality can be very different. Asking about the training will enable you to discover how the business can help you grow and develop your current skills, as well as areas of progression within the teams.

 

What are some of the biggest challenges in this role?

No role is 100% plain sailing, so this type of question will help you gain a more realistic view of the scale of the challenges you will be facing in this role and will ultimately help you decide whether the position is for you. This question also gives you the perfect opportunity to demonstrate to your prospective employer how your skills could potentially solve these challenges within the role, as well as coming across as knowledgeable and proactive.

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