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Important questions to ask in your interview

9 months ago by Daniel Stargatt
Important questions to ask in your interview

An interview is as much an opportunity for you to find out about the company as it is for the interviewer to find out more about you. This is why it’s important for you to be prepared, so you can not only impress and showcase your skills, knowledge and experience in the interview but to also make sure you find out enough about the company to ensure you make the right decision if you were offered the role.

In this article we share some ideas on what types of question are good to ask to help you get a better understanding on key areas of the business. So if it’s company stability that’s important to you, or the company culture we’ve covered some key questions to help give you some ideas when you come to prepare for your interview…

What’s the biggest challenge your business faces?

This could be viewed as a very broad question, so you may want to narrow it down to maybe focussing on the team you are looking to join within the business. But the idea of this question is to gain a better understanding on whether the company you are interviewing for faces some difficult times ahead or there is a real opportunity for you to make a huge impact by tackling challenges facing the business.

Now of course they aren’t going to go into huge detail if it is to do with political or economical changes causing the biggest challenges, as this is too much to discuss in an interview, but it will hopefully give you a good sense of how the company is performing and at the very least it’s an interesting question that will no doubt lead to an interesting conversation.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

A great question as this can lead to two different conversations. You can go down the route of why they are a better proposition for clients, meaning you get a good understanding of their ability to win new work and what sets them apart when sit comes to bidding for work against their competitors. It’s always good to know that you are potentially joining a business that are confident in their ability to win, deliver and succeed.

The other route is obviously more focussed internally, where the interviewer can discuss what they can offer you as an employee that their competitors don’t or can’t. This can be anything from more flexibility, better training and development to the company culture and progression opportunities.

It’s up to you which route you would prefer to take, as it’s obviously about what you want to know about the company and what motivates you. However, it’s not to say that you can’t cover both routes if time allows.

Do you have examples of how you embrace the company values?

If you’ve done your homework on the company you are interviewing for then you should know what their values are. They are usually always on the company website and usually always very easy to find. With this knowledge of their values, asking this question will give you a good idea if firstly the person interviewing knows what they are, which will indicate if they are known by employees and secondly if they actually deliver on them on a day to day basis.

What does your training and development look like?

It’s very easy for a business to say that they have a great training and development process but if this is a big reason for you wanting to join the business then it would be a good idea to understand what they actually do and how it works. Is it an internal or external process? Is your development properly managed? Are you paired with a more senior member of the business? Whatever it is find out so you know what to expect.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

A simple but very effective question. You can tell a lot about a company by asking this question. Obviously you won’t truly know what it’s like to work for the company until you’re working for the company, but you can get a good idea about the culture and working environment by the interviewer’s answer and the way they answer.

Please could you show me around?

If you feel like the interview has gone well and there are clear signs they like you and are interested in the idea of you joining the business then this is a great question to ask. You may have seen some of the office when you were walking through to the interview room, but by asking for a quick tour will hopefully mean you get introduced to some potential colleagues and you will also get a feel for the office vibe.

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