You have written an award-winning CV and cover letter. You have passed the first test and been offered an interview. You have researched the company and have all the answers to the questions in hand except for the very last one – “Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?” Ummmm. This always catches people off guard, especially if you have not planned ahead. By asking this question, the employer/interviewer can gauge your interest along with the information you have processed throughout the interview. Now don’t panic and say ‘No’. Asking questions is a good thing. As we always say, an interview is not a one-way street. This is your opportunity to find out things about them too.
Here are some go to questions if you hit a brick wall and don’t know what to ask:
- Is there room for development in this position?
This shows your interest in developing a career within the company and highlights that you are looking for something long-term, not just a summer job. Hiring for a new position costs both time and money so the employer needs to be reassured that they will not have to repeat the process again six months down the line.
- How would you describe the general culture of the company and the workplace?
Here is your chance to get an insight into the company. If the person who is interviewing you doesn’t know what to say, then this may raise alarm bells. You want them to tell you about the company engagement, the rewards schemes, the perks if they have any along with any social events they attend together as a team. The answers will give you an idea as to whether this is the right fit for you. Socialising isn’t everyone’s cup of tea when in the workplace, but by asking the question allows you to find out what they get up to if anything.
- What is the team like that I will be working with?
This is a good question to find out more about the role itself – who will you be reporting to, the dynamics of the department and how it works. You may have a lot of cross-over between departments in your role or will you be working solo at your desk or sat around in groups?
- Why are you hiring for this role?
The answer may be because they are expanding and need the extra hands on deck. It may be because of the person before you left. You may also like to find out if the person before you were promoted or moved on for another opportunity, offering you an insight into the longevity of the role.
- What are some KPIs for this position?
Depending on the type of role you are applying for will depend on the KPIs. By discovering the answer, if the interviewer has one, will let you see if the role is established and defined or if it’s a new role that will take some work from both sides. Again, the answer can help you to establish if the role is right for you.
The above questions are generic to help you along your way. Try to come up with some tailored questions about the role or the company itself following your research to indicate that you have taking the time and effort to learn more about your potential new employers. If in doubt, always asks questions, even if it is to ask them to clarify something mentioned earlier on. Good luck!