What questions should you ask at the end of a job interview?
A job interview should be a conversation, not an interrogation, so it’s crucial that you have a good selection of questions prepared beforehand. However, what you ask at the end of the interview will reflect on you as a candidate, so it’s important to make sure you think carefully about your choices.
Steer clear of money and holiday
Clearly, salary and other benefits like holiday allowance and bonus are going to be an important factor for the vast majority of candidates, but asking about these too much in a first interview is unlikely to reflect well on you as a candidate. These details are best discussed through your agency or at the offer stage; a first interview is an opportunity to learn more about the role and the company, and focussing too much on anything else may suggest to the interviewer that you have your priorities the wrong way round.
Don’t ask questions that you should already know the answer to
Preparation is the key to a successful interview, and, as a bare minimum, you should always have thoroughly researched the company and read over the job description beforehand. So asking questions like, ‘What does your company do?’ or ‘What will my main responsibilities be?’ probably isn’t the best way to endear yourself to your interviewer. A better option would be to choose one aspect of the job description or something you’ve seen while researching the company, and ask the interviewer to expand on this point in greater detail.
Ask about your objectives and KPIs
You should already know what the main responsibilities are for the position, but an interview is a great opportunity to find out what sort of objectives, targets and KPIs you’ll be working towards. This will show the interviewer that you have a results-driven and target-oriented attitude towards your work, and will also give you a chance to assess whether your own objectives align with those of the company.
Demonstrate a broader interest in the industry
One of the best ways to differentiate yourself from other candidates is to demonstrate a genuine interest in the industry in which the company operate. As part of your research on the company, you should look into current industry news and events, and ask specific questions about how these events affect the company and its competitors.
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