So you’ve had the call and you’ve been invited to an interview, make sure you’re well prepared and whatever you do, don’t ask the following five questions if you’ve got any hopes of landing your dream job!
1. What does your company do?
Never go into an interview not knowing what the company does, it bodes the question why did you bother to apply? It is your responsibility to research the company so you are prepared for any questions they may throw at you. It’s okay to ask for further information about a specific aspect of the company as it shows your interest, so mention something that you have seen on their website or perhaps a recent article about the company to show you’re eager to learn more about the job you want.
2. How many others are you interviewing?
It doesn’t matter how many others are being interviewed, you need to focus on yourself. You’ve already crossed the first hurdle, having been selected for the interview process, so stop thinking about the competition and be confident in yourself.
3. What qualities do you look for in your employees?
Let’s be honest, if you’ve applied for the job you’ve no doubt already scoured the job specification for the qualities that the company are after. Asking this question makes you look unprepared so instead focus on asking questions that show your genuine interest in the company, or your chosen department, the interviewer will appreciate that you have taken time to do your research and it will make you stand out for all the right reasons.
4. If I am not successful today, would you consider me for another role?
You’ve admitted defeat already! This shows a lack of confidence in yourself, so why would the interviewer have faith in you? Always stay positive and if you aren’t offered the role then perhaps get in touch with the HR team and ask them to keep your details on record for when a similar role comes up.
5. Does it matter if I don’t have all the skills you require?
Stop being so negative, focus on the skills you do have and what you can bring to the company. The chances are you will have a skills gap in some areas but can make up for it in others. The interviewer knows you may not be a whizz at everything they require, but showing a willingness to learn on the job will get you further than highlighting the skills you don’t have.