Turning the Tables on the Interviewer
This is a perfect opportunity for you to discover whether this role is right for you. Make sure you leave that interview knowing everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
Below are the 5 areas you need to be questioning in the interview.
Question Progression and Training Opportunities
No one wants to get offered a position where there is no potential for development. Growth in your career should never be a cookie cutter approach, everyone’s progression is unique. You need to be looking for a company that endorses a variety of training opportunities.
For example, would the company be open to you taking on a part time qualification to boost your career or enrolling for a short online course. Question if they have a learning and development department or a list of courses available to employees.
Question the Company Values
All companies will have a set of values they promote within their business. However, whilst all companies will most likely represent great values on their company site not all will embed these into their company.
Firstly question what are the company values if they aren’t openly shown online. Then listen out to how these are shown throughout their company. For example, team work could be a value but how do they ensure teams effectively work together (ie. Team socials, networking events or team training.)
Questions when to Expect Feedback
Once the interview is complete, asking what’s next is one of the most important questions. Set clear expectations so you know exactly when you can expect interview feedback.
Obviously we’re all hoping for an offer at this stage, but if the worst case scenario becomes reality you at least need feedback so you can move forward and improve your performance next time.
Don’t be afraid to include this in your interview questions. Confirming whether you will hear via phone or email and a rough timeline.
Question Your Research
Prior to any interview, researching the role and company is key. Now you don’t want any of that hard work to go to waste. Reference your research in your interview questions. Discuss new articles you have seen about the company’s growth or new products they have released.
Ask questions about information you gathered through their website. Whether that be about the company’s journey or structure. Show you are interested and passionate about joining their organisation. Companies want to know you are enthusiastic about them.
There’s only one interview technique that matters… Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare – Jim Lehrer
Question the Reason for the Role
One of your interview questions should be about the reason why this role is being advertised. This will give you an insight into the company or department. Whilst an employer will never state the role is being advertised as everyone is else leaving, you will gauge from their tone or explanation what’s behind their reasoning.
Replacing a leaver who has been able to progress or a new role due to company growth are all positives but a company restructure might be something to explore further.
Example Interview Questions
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
- Can you tell me a little bit more about the existing team?
- Can you give me an insight into the culture of (add company name)?
- Why are you currently recruiting for XXX position?
- What do you like about working for (add company name)?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
- If successful, what are the progression routes for this role?
- How would you describe a typical day in this position?
- What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
- Are there any further questions I can answer for you?
- What are the biggest challenges of this job?