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Congratulations, you have been shortlisted for an interview and you’ve started your interview preparation. But have you considered what questions you will ask the interviewer? Interviews are a two-way process and many job seekers don’t take the time to consider this as part of their preparation. In a competitive job market, it is essential you take the time to plan and prepare questions to ask at the interview to increase your chances of securing a new role.
Here are 3 reasons why it is important to ask questions at an interview and some examples to consider:
Having prepared questions in advance shows the interviewers that you have a genuine interest in the role and the organisation. It indicates that you have done your research and want to learn more about the organisation, its culture and the role you are interviewing for.
"Can you tell me about the company culture and what it's like to work here?"
Asking about the company culture demonstrates your interest in understanding the work environment and whether it aligns with your values and preferences. It allows you to gain insight into the organisation's values, team dynamics, and overall atmosphere.
Interviews are not just an opportunity for the employer to assess your fit for the role; they are an opportunity for you to gather information and to see if it’s a fit for you too. By preparing questions in advance, you can gain insights into the company, its values, goals, and work environment. This information helps you evaluate whether the company aligns with your long-term career goals and whether the role will allow you to thrive professionally.
"What opportunities are there for professional development and growth within the company?"
This question shows your motivation for continuous learning and career advancement. Inquiring about professional development opportunities demonstrates your long-term commitment and enthusiasm for personal growth within the organisation. The answer can give you an idea of how the company supports employee development and whether they provide training programs, mentorship opportunities or chances for advancement.
Asking relevant questions about challenges and pressure points, can provide an opportunity for you to further highlight your qualifications and skills and why you would be a good fit. It allows you to steer the conversation towards your strengths and experiences, demonstrating how you can contribute to the organisation’s success and provides solutions to their issues. Thoughtful questions can also showcase your problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and genuine interest in making a positive impact.
"What do you consider to be the main challenges of the role?” or “What are the challenges the company is currently facing?"
Asking about the challenges of the role or company allows you to gain deeper insights into the industry landscape and the organisation's current priorities. This question shows your proactive approach and genuine interest in understanding how you can contribute to the company's success. It also provides an opportunity for you to discuss how your skills and experiences can help address those challenges or contribute to the identified opportunities.
Overall, asking questions during an interview is an essential part of the process. It helps you gather information, assess fit, demonstrate your interest and leave a positive impression on the interviewer. Review the job description and prepare thoughtful and relevant questions in advance and be prepared to discuss further.
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