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– 30/11/20 –

Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Since COVID-19 hit, you could say job-hunting has changed a little with interviews now being completed over Zoom or an increase in phone interviews but the actual format of an interview hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, that includes the awkward tumbleweed moment at the end when you’re expected to have questions. At the time, you’re usually pleased the interview is nearly done but it’s important not to give your potential employer the impression that you’re not committed or that they’ve already taken up enough of your time. 

So here’s 10 possible questions you could reply with when the infamous question arises.

1. What do you think are the most important qualities for a person to excel in this role?

When the time comes to ask a question, it’s obviously easier to say you have no questions but asking this question instantly makes you look like you’re interested in the role you’re applying for and you’re determined to progress.

2. What does a typical day look like?

An easy one to add in if you’re feeling less confident which will prove to the interviewer you’re intrigued by the job but could also settle your nerves if (fingers crossed) you get the job and you’re wondering what you’ll be doing.

3. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this role would face?

This one’s helpful for you as well as your interviewer; it shows them you’re not afraid or naive of the challenges ahead and will also prepare you for later on.

4. Can you give me examples of projects I’d be working on?

As with the other questions, you’d be showing your interviewer you’re interested in what you’d be doing but also suggests you’re aware you’d be working on more than one project at a time and aren’t afraid of multi-tasking.

5. How will I be trained?

Short but sweet, this question gives the impression you’re eager to learn and progress within the position you’re applying for.

6. Where do you see this company in the next few years?

This might seem risky but by taking a polite interest in the company, you’re showing the interviewer you’re ready to be part of the team, whilst subtly implying their company will be onto even better things in the next few years.

7. Who will I work with closely?

You might’ve said in your interview you’re a “team player” or you have experience working in a team but asking this actually shows it, implying you’re eager to meet your potential team and contribute to it.

8. Who will I report to directly?

Not only does this inform you of something you will actually need to know, it also reassures your interviewer that you’re not afraid of figures of authority and understand what your position within the company would be.

9. What are the next steps in the interview process?

As previously mentioned, by this point you could be pleased the interview is nearly over, the nerves can settle and you’ll be out soon but by asking this question it shows you’d be eager to hear from them again and start work.

10. Can I answer any final questions for you?

Given that the purpose of the interview is to find out more about you as a potential employee and to discover if you’d be right for the company, this is a great question to ask. Naturally they’ll have asked all the questions they’d planned to and they’ve probably got a good idea of your skills and experience but this gives them the opportunity to find out a little bit extra or even just to show you’re confident and comfortable talking with them.

Now you can go into your next interview confident you can answer all of their questions with no excuse for saying “No, no questions here” (and cue awkward silence). Hopefully, these have been / will be of some help to you and ensure you give the right impression.