ASKING QUESTIONS IN AN INTERVIEW – TOP TIPS
So your interview is progressing well, you like the sound of the company and the role and you think you are a good fit , then comes the point when the Hiring Manager or HR asks “Do you have any questions”?
As Professional Recruiters here at Red Tree we strive to have our candidates prepped and ready for any scenario at interview so as part of your interview preparation or mock interview with us, we will take time to discuss this scenario.
Many view this part of an interview with trepidation but we would suggest that you look at it as an opportunity – take advantage of it – Why?
- It’s the best chance you have to determine if you would be happy working for this company and this Hiring Manager.
- It’s your chance to change the dynamic of the interview and move it in another direction – if that’s what you need in order to help your interviewer to understand you and your skillset better.
- It also gives you the chance to include pieces of information that may not have come up in the interview questions.
- We would always recommend having 4/5 questions ready in case some of them are covered in the interview and ask at least 2. You will be judged on the questions you ask so make them good ones!
- Make sure your questions are well thought out, open and smart.
- Don’t ask a question just for the sake of it – ask it because you are genuinely interested in knowing the answer.
- A good way to start is to say “I have a couple of questions, but firstly I just wanted to check that I have answered all your questions – “is there anything you would like me to clarify?” Also, a good opening is to ask, “Have you any hesitations about my CV/qualifications?” It’s risky but it allows you to leave the room knowing that you have given all the information that you can.
Then you can move onto your prepared questions. Some suggestions:
- How has this position evolved? / Is this a new role?
- What does the reporting line look like? Who would I be reporting to? Is there many on the team? How long has the team been in place? Has there been many changes to the team of late?
- What will a typical day look like in the role?
- What are the opportunities in the organisation? Have many people been promoted within this role/this team?
- How would you describe the culture of the organisation?/ What are the core values of the organisation?
- What Talent Management/ Learning and Development structures are in place? What opportunities are there in place for professional development?
- What are the organisations short/medium/long terms strategies?
- What are the greatest challenges faced by the Company ?/ Who is your closest competition?
- Ask the Hiring Manager a direct question about their role e.g. What have been your most interesting and challenging projects since you have worked here?
- Finally, it is always good to end on a question to clarify the next steps
- Is there anyone else in the organisation you would like me to meet?
- What is the next steps?
- What is the likely timelines for a decision/offer?
Remember, it is worth working with a professional consultant for guidance and valuable interview preparation. Click on the links below for job listings in your specialist area or give us a call at 01 6853480.