It is important to remember that an interview is a two way process. You are there to find out information about the company and the role, just as they are there to find out about you. This is your chance to find out information about the company that isn’t in the job description and can help you make an informed decision about whether you definitely want the job. Below we have listed some potential questions for you to consider and prepare for.
Tell me more about the company
If your interviewer has already talked about the company at length, leave this question. However, if discussions have only revolved around the role, you can use this opportunity to show them what you have found out from your own research.
‘I found out from your website that you have a set of key values. Can you explain how these work throughout your business?’
How many people are in the team?
If you are going to be working as part of a team, it’s good to get an idea of who that team consists of. What their roles are and how they relate to the position you are interviewing for?
Do you run any training schemes?
This is a chance to find out about progression, development and training. Personal development is not necessarily motivated by a promotion or financial gain but can be just as important for job satisfaction. By showing that you’re keen to keep learning, you can make yourself a much more desirable candidate.
What are the company’s plans for the future?
This can be a great question, demonstrating that you are interested in the business as a whole.
When can I expect to hear from you?
It may seem obvious but don’t forget this last one. Not only does it show that you are keen, it is also good for your peace of mind.
Remember, these questions are just examples, they won’t necessarily work in every situation. Just remember that this section of the interview is an extra opportunity to sell yourself as the best person for the job, take full advantage!