Your interview is going well. You've answered all the recruiters' questions confidently and the session is coming to a close. One of the final things you'll be asked will be, 'Do you have any questions for me?' To have a chance of securing the job, always say yes.
Having a list of questions to ask an interviewer makes you look interested, enthusiastic and engaged — all qualities that the employer will be looking for. It also gives you one final chance to further highlight your relevant qualities and experience.
1. Why do you enjoy working here?
Everybody loves to talk about themselves and this question enables you to build rapport with your interviewer. This question requires a personal response, so you could learn a lot from their answer.
You'll get an insider's view of the company culture and working environment and you may even get to discover how your interviewer got their start in the business and how they progressed.
2. Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be working with?
This will help you understand the way the company is structured, who you'll report to and the department the role sits within. These are the people you'll work most closely with, so it's worth trying to find out about the team dynamic and working methods.
Depending on the response, it may also give you the opportunity to mention any experience or success you've had working in similar teams - just to give the employer one final example of how well you'll fit in if you get the job.
3. What does a typical day in this role look like?
Asking this question enables you to learn as much about the role as possible. The interviewer's response will provide insight into what skills and experience are needed, and will also help you decide if the role is right for you.
The answer will give you an idea of what the employer's expectations are, so if you're offered the job there should be no surprises when you start.
4. What does the career path for someone in this role look like?
Enquiring about development opportunities demonstrates to the interviewer that you're serious about your career and committed to a future with the organisation.
You don't want to be stuck in a dead-end job so if you're unsure of the typical career path for someone in this role, asking this question will help you to assess whether a long-term career with the company is a possibility, or if you'd need to move on to gain further responsibility.
5. What are you hoping the successful candidate will accomplish in their first six months?
This is a good question to ask at the end of a job interview because it shows potential employers that you're eager to make a positive contribution to the organisation.
Pay close attention to the recruiter's response as it will tell you how they want you to perform and will highlight particular areas of the job you should be focusing on during the first few weeks of employment.
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