When preparing for your interview, it’s important to consider that asking questions can be just as important as answering them. These questions you ask can be a strong reflection on you as a candidate – so it’s well worth preparing 1 or 2 for your interviewer as well.
Here are our top three questions to ask:
1. “What are the next steps in the hiring process?”– Often a good closing question, demonstrating that you’re keen to progress and confident that you’re a credible candidate. Often candidates will ask “when am I likely to hear” which can come across a little pushy, broadening the question not only shows you understand the recruitment process but that you’re flexible to it as well.
2. “What do the typical career paths for those that succeed in this role look like?”– Asking about the future shows that you’re ambitious and keen to progress, but that you understand the importance of earning that – for example succeeding in this job first.
3. “Within the first 6 months are there key deliverables that can be expected from the successful candidate?”– Shows that you’re enthusiastic and already in the mind-set to start planning how you’re going to succeed in the role.
Now that you’ve prepared your questions to ask, here are three questions we wouldn’t recommend you use:
1. “What impact has Brexit had on this department?(Or any other current affairs topic) – Similar to big family meals or meeting the in-laws for the first time it’s best to avoid controversial topics altogether – you’re not likely to know which side of the fence your interviewer sits on and it’s a big gamble to take! Whilst this may demonstrate a strong environmental awareness for factors that might be opportunities / threats for the future, this could lead to a longer more in depth discussion you may not be prepared for!
2. “What are the hours like”– This question can send up a red flag about your level of commitment. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re worried about working long hours before you’ve been offered the job!
3. “Can I take holiday at any point in the year”– In a similar vein to the question above, you don’t want to send warning signs on your level of commitment or what is most important to you about the role. It’s best to wait until you’ve been offered the job to ask this question. Top tips.
Interviewers are just like you, so when thinking about your questions to ask them try to put yourself in their shoes and imagine how your question will come across.
The interview is a crucial element to the application process, but it’s not the only element to prepare for. Make sure you take a balanced approach to managing your preparation time across getting ready for your assessment day and taking your psychometric tests. Remember numerical reasoning tests and verbal reasoning tests are the psychometric tests most commonly used by employers so it’s important to focus on these types of tests