So, you’ve scored your first interview — well done!
But, before you rush off to wow them with your sparkling interview answers and sleek new suit, don’t forget the golden rule of the interview process: namely, that this stage should function as a dialogue between you and the employer — not an interrogation. (Yes, that’s right).
Asking pertinent questions at this stage will not only help you to decide if the position and the company are right for you, but will also show that you are a credible candidate. So, read on to arm yourself with some of the best.
Questions to ask during a job interview
- What do you expect for me to achieve in the first year and how will you measure my performance?
Probing them on their metrics for success shows that you are thinking seriously about delivering results and are prepared to hit the ground running. (Notice also the sneaky ‘will’? Subliminal messaging at its finest).
- Who will I be working with and how does the role relate to the rest of the organisation?
This highlights your awareness of team dynamics and shows that you are thinking ahead about how you will fit in with their current operations.
- What opportunities are there for training and progression within the company?
This tells the interviewer that you are committed to growing within the organisation over the long term; and also suggests that you are prepared to pro-actively develop your skill set in order to succeed.
- Do you have any reservations about my application?
This zinger is a sneaky way to find out if the employer is nursing any doubts about your candidacy — and promptly quash them by addressing any potential weaknesses head on.
- When can I expect to hear from you/ what is the next stage in the process?
As anyone who has stared mournfully at their phone for several weeks following an interview will attest — this final question is essential in guiding your expectations and interview follow-up etiquette.
Should you ask about salary?
At a first interview you should probably steer clear of asking about salary and instead focus on questions that will highlight how you are a good fit for the job. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared to discuss salaries. So you don’t get caught out on the day by unexpected salary negotiations, why not try our ValueMyCV tool to find out what your skills are really worth to employers?