5 Questions You Should Ask The Interviewer

Turning the tables on an employer at interview might seem a tad brazen, but seizing the opportunity to ask questions is actually a really shrewd way to prove your interest in the company & build a rapport with your interviewer.

In a recent survey by CareerBuilder, 32% of the 2,500 employers asked reported that not asking good questions is one of the most detrimental mistakes candidates make during interviews. With this in mind, we’ve come up with some intelligent & insightful questions for you to pose when it’s your time to take the floor - and others you should definitely avoid!
Let’s start with the good ones shall we? 

1. Is there anything you would like me to clarify or explain in more detail?

This is a really good one to start with as it not only projects your confidence and willingness to stick around and prove yourself further, it also gives you a second chance to refine or reinforce any points you either missed out or failed to explain properly earlier in the interview.

2. What are the company’s plans for the future?

Employers like this question because it demonstrates your interest in the organisation and also gives them a chance to wax lyrical about any upcoming projects they’re particularly excited about. Show enthusiasm here and express an interest in playing a part in these developments.

3. What are the most important issues facing your company? 

This will give the interviewer a chance to explain any internal or external factors affecting the company and/or industry as a whole, helping to give you a better overall view of the challenges you might face should you get the role. Being inquisitive about particular problems and how to tackle them shows you’re serious about forging a career path in the company.

4. How would you describe the company’s culture and core values? 

Many candidates often forget that interviews are a two way street; yes, it’s a way for the employer to find out if you’re what they’re looking for but it’s also a chance for you to find out if you’d be happy spending 9-5, 5 days a week there. The answer to this will largely be determined by the company ethos; if the personalities and values of existing employees match your own, you’re likely to fit in and do your job well.

Remember, although it’s good to ask questions, be wary of overdoing it! We’d suggest choosing just two or three to avoid interrogating your interviewer and leaving them feeling a bit worn out once you’ve left the room!

5. Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?

​Job advertisements often summarise the responsibilities of the role so this is a good way to flesh out the job description and gain a better understanding of how you’d actually be spending your days. Does it sound interesting? Is it what you expected? Uncovering the answers to these questions is going to help you to determine if you’d like to accept an offer should it come your way.

The above questions, asked in the right way, should portray you as a confident, intelligent and inquisitive candidate. Other questions, however, won’t show you in such a good light…

1. How many holidays will I get?
Inquiring into how often and how soon you can leave the office before you've even been offered the job is never going to reflect positively on your work ethic and eagerness to throw yourself into the role.

2. When will I get a raise?
Again, this question totally jumps the gun whilst also suggesting that you are purely incentivised by money. Whilst this trait is not necessarily a bad thing - especially in a Sales or Recruitment role - it would be much better to ask how the company's most recent graduate achieved a promotion or raise.

3. What does your company do?
If you're asking this question, you clearly haven't researched the company and therefore, you're wasting the interviewer's time and no matter how bright and brilliant you are, there's no way you're getting the job.

4. Did I get the job?
This is far too pushy and puts the interviewer in an awkward position. Stick to the usual protocol and wait for them to call or email you with the news after they've had time to consider all applicants.

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