It’s your turn to get insight into your potential new role. The role reversal where you question your employees. How many hours will I normally do? What’s the salary? What are the benefits? Be careful what you ask! These questions infer you’re not interested in the role or work. You don’t want to come across as money focused or lazy!
When thinking about interview questions you need to stay flexible in your responses to the questions. This is so you don’t repeat anything that has been covered in the interview and make it seem like you weren’t listening or are inattentive. You need to prepare multiple questions or think of themes to cover with your questions. Here are our hints and tips based on this approach…
The first thing to think about is your position within the team and building a picture of what working there is like. Remember the interview is a two-way process and you need to figure out if you’ll love working there, so working out the company and team dynamic is vital. Use questions like:
- What are the team and company objectives?
- How does the position fit within the teams objectives?
- What’s the team dynamic like?
You’ll also want to find out more about the detail of the job and what’s expected of you. This will give you more of an idea of what your day-to-day will be like and if the role is right for you.
- Who will I be working with day-to-day?
- What does a normal day look like?
- What will my KPI’s be?
It’s good to show motivation and aspirations. You’ll need to handle this with sensitivity so you don’t come across as arrogant. This means get your wording just right and you can ask something like:
- How can I be successful in the company?
- What’s the career path here and what’s the best way to progress?
A good way of showing engagement with the company and showing your aspirations to work there is to ask something topical about the company or industry. Make sure you do your research and fully understand what you are asking as it may well develop into a conversation. These will need to be bespoke to your role but here are some examples:
- How will the merger affect the growth of the team?
- What do you attribute the company’s growth in profits to last year?
It’s also important to make sure you have covered everything in the interview. You should always switch the conversation back to the interviewer with the final question:
- Is there anything else that you want me to cover or expand on?
Remember, the questions you ask will be your last chance to form a good impression so follow these tips wisely.