We’ve all been there. It’s the end of an interview, we know it’s coming and it’s the one thing we’ve been dreading if we haven’t done our research; “Do you have any questions for us?”. Of course we do, but trying to remember them while you're nervous and having to think on the spot, makes asking questions in an interview just as terrifying as going to the interview itself. But do not panic, keep calm and take it all in your stride; now is your chance to shine.
Firstly, if you have been offered a job interview, do your research on the company. To be able to ask questions in an interview, you need to know who the company are, what they do, and what it is you are asking about. Research into the company and their sector, and make sure you are up to date on current industry news. Go on the company website and look at their current news and events tab; you can find out a lot about a company from looking at their recent press releases. Steer clear of asking anything that makes you seem like you don’t know what you are talking about.
Research the job role. You could see what other companies job descriptions are for the same job title as the position you are applying for. There are plenty of articles on the internet that offer advice or job specifications for various positions. See if you can find anything on the type of job you are interviewing for, and if anyone offers any helpful questions to ask. The questions you ask in an interview should be relevant to the job position you are applying for. Ask specifics about the job. For example if you are a Marketing Executive, you might ask what current email marketing program they have in place.
Asking questions in an interview is a great way to show your interest in the position. By asking certain questions, like “What is the greatest challenge I might face in this role” and “What initial achievements would you be looking for me to make in the first few months of the role?”, you are showing they you are interested in the position and doing a good job for the company, not simply just working for an income. This highlights the potential for in you as an employee; you are passionate about what you do.
There are a number of questions you should never ask in an interview, that should definitely be saved for once you have a confirmed job offer.
How much will I get paid? This makes you look like you are only interested in the money
How much holiday will I have? You shouldn’t be thinking about holiday before you have even started.
What does the company do? You should have done your research prior to the interview
Did I get the job? This makes you appear impatient. It is very rare for an employer to offer you a job on the spot.
Does this company monitor internet usage? This makes it look like you're planning on spending hours surfing the internet and not doing your work!
How long will I have to wait to get promoted? Make sure you get this job first before thinking about a promotion.
It’s important to ask questions at an interview to show you are keen and have researched the company. It’s a chance for you to show your potential a an employee that’s looking to stay with the company and progress, not just working for money. So, make sure you ask questions, but be sure they are the right ones.