An interview is a two-way street. It’s your chance to establish whether joining a particular company will benefit your career and ultimately, whether there is a suitable fit between the two.
“All candidates should be able to show employers that they have thought about the role beyond what may have been covered over the course of the interview. This is your chance to stand out from other candidates and leave the interviewer with a memorable impression of yourself.” Nicholas Fernandez, Manager, HR Recruitment.
Why has this position become available?
Why ask it: It’s important for you to know why this position is open - is it because someone left the role or is it newly created? If so, why was it created? This will inform you about the management and growth expectations of the company.
What do you like about working for this company?
Why ask it: Gaining an insight from someone that is already part of the company will help you to find out more about whether the cultural fit is what you are looking for. You will also have a better gauge of the team that you will be working with and the dynamics within the company.
What are the benchmarks for judging my suitability for the role?
Why ask it: This is useful to know as each business operates differently. It will show what type of approach the company takes with its employees and is useful for you to think about whether the approach suits you personally.
Asking the interviewer questions about the role shows that you are engaged and interested in the company and demonstrates your ability to show initiative.
What can I expect in terms of development and support?
Why ask it: This question will show that you are keen on growing, learning and staying with the company. It will also allow you to find out whether the role offers what you are looking for in the long-term.
Where does the job fit into the team structure?
Why ask it: Not only does this provide you with the chance to see how you can progress within the team, it also provides you with an opportunity to understand the team you will be a part of and who will be your major stakeholders.
What is the next step after the interview?
Why ask it: Although it can be easily forgotten, this question is vital to ask. It shows the interviewer that you have thought about the next stages and provides you with an indication on whether you need to prepare more.
An interview is not just about seeing whether you are the right fit for the organisation, it’s also about making sure you feel confident in your ability to do the job, and in turn making sure you feel that the role would be a successful career move.
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