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Top Questions to Impress the Interviewer

Job Interview

The interview is not only the chance for the employer to get a better idea of the person you are, but also a way for you to get a feel for the job and company you are applying to.

It is a good idea to ask questions in the interview to show that you are interested in the role, the company and the industry in which they operate.

Questions about the job

Ask specific questions about the job you are applying for. This can be anything from what the day-to-day process would look like, to what type of skills are ideally needed to succeed within the role. Example questions include:

  • What will my day-to-day activities look like?

  • What are you ideally looking for in a candidate in terms of skills and experience?

  • What are potentially some of the biggest challenges someone could face within this role?

Questions like the above should give you more of a feel of the role which you have applied for and should give you an idea of the skills you could bring to the table to be successful in the event you get the role.

Questions about training and professional development

Ask some questions about further training and development that the company offers. This is a huge deciding factor as it will determine if the company allows you to progress further and gain new skills. Examples of some questions you could ask the interviewer are:

  • What training programs and opportunities are available to staff members?

  • Are there opportunities for me to advance in my professional development?

  • How have previous successful employees progressed?

Questions about the company and its environment

It is equally important to not only ask the interviewer about your role, but also the company you are applying for. This will help you get a better idea of the company’s culture. Examples of questions you could ask include:

  • I have read about your company online, could you tell me about what the environment is like?

  • Where do you see this company in the future?

  • What is the company and team culture like? and how is it different from anywhere you have worked in the past?

Questions to ask the interviewer themselves

You will also find it useful to ask the interviewer themselves about the company you are applying to. This can be any of the following:

  • Why did you apply for a role at the company?

  • How long have you worked here?

  • What is the average retention rate within the company?

Questions about how long someone has worked at a company can give you a good idea of the culture. If employees have stayed with the company for several years this implies that staff are looked after and that there are good opportunities for training and progression.

Questions about the team you will work in

As well as gaining an idea of the culture of an organisation and its employee retention, it is also extremely beneficial to ask the interviewer about the team you will be working in.

  • Who will be the person I will report to?

  • Which staff members will I work with the closest?

  • Could I get some information on the team I will be working in?

Final Questions

By the time you finish the interview, you want to leave the interviewer with everything they need and having answered all the questions. To make sure you have answered all these questions, try to ask the following:

  • Is there any more information which you require from me that could be helpful?

  • Are there any final questions which you need me to answer?

  • What are the next steps?

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