The Best Questions To Ask When Being Interviewed
by Arina Smith Job & Career 28 September 2021
Going to an interview can be nerve-racking. After all, in many cases, you are chasing a job that you really like the sound of and want to do. In some cases, it is even your dream job and you are desperate to get it right. It doesn’t matter if you are after your dream job or taking an interview with a labor hire agency, you want to be the candidate that stands out for the right reason.
However, there are two things you can do before an interview to help it go smoothly:
This is easier to say than do. You’ll need to master breathing techniques or mindful meditation. This will help you to relax and do your best. At the same time, you should remember it’s not just them interviewing you. This is also your chance to interview them.
Have Questions Ready
Having questions ready reduces your stress level as you know you will have something useful to say and this can help balance a poor interview, and may convert it to a glamurous one.
You just need to know the right questions to ask.
What Are the day-To-Day Responsibilities?
The interviewer will likely have touched on this during the interview. However, it is a good idea to press them for more details regarding the expected daily tasks.
You want to know how much and exactly what is expected from you every day, it may not be the same as you envisioned or want to do.
What Does It Take To Impress You?
This is a useful question as it is likely to catch the interviewer off guard, evening the tables, and allowing you to see how they react under stress.
It will also tell you about their expectations and standards. This can help you assess whether they are reasonable and attainable, or not. That’s important if you want to impress them and keep the job.
Do You Have Training & Progression Opportunities?
Even if you are interviewing for your dream job it is nice to know there are training opportunities to support your current knowledge and keep you at the top of your game.
In all other cases, you’ll also be interested in whether you can progress through the company or not. This may be instrumental to your own five or ten-year plan.
Where Do You Think The Company Will Be in 3-5 Years?
This is another important question as you want to join a company that has a vision and purpose. It needs to have a five-year plan to ensure it has assessed the market and is looking to the future.
The interviewer should find this an easy one to answer. If they don’t you have to question if this is the company you want to join or not.
It is always a good idea to have an industry-related question written down. This demonstrates an interest in the industry and current affairs which can be very beneficial if the interview appears to be going badly.
In fact, you can’t write down too many questions, just don’t expect to ask them all!