So many people seem to be getting fantastic jobs at the moment. You’re obviously all smashing those interviews which is great but for those of you who have interviews coming up in the next few weeks or those of you who’d just like some advice, here’s some guidance on one of the hardest parts.
I often struggle to know what questions to ask at an interview. I don’t want them to be too obvious like ‘what’s the salary?’ which always seems a really forward question to ask anyway. I always pressure myself into asking questions I think no one else will think of. I think the one tip I would give to anyone thinking of questions to ask at an interview is to relate them to the job you’re applying for as much as you can.
- Where does this role sit within the organisation?
I always use this as my opening question and find it to be a nice, easy one for the employer to answer. It’s also crucial for you to know this as you need to know what size team you’ll be working in. Although it isn’t specifically related to a certain job, surprisingly not everyone will think to ask this and it shows you have an interest in the organisation as a whole.
2. What sort of projects will I be asked to manage?
This is a great question to ask if you want to get an idea of what your job will involve. It’s a good idea to bring a pad and pen to the interview so you can note down their answer to this one. Once the interview is over, you can go and research the topics they bring up and you’ll be one step ahead if you get offered the job! This also shows a high level of commitment if you are already thinking about what you would be doing at work.
3. Bring up a recent campaign/research or something notable that has happened at the company. Ask questions surrounding this.
Always do your research. We’re told time and time again to look at websites, social media and blogs that a company run so it looks impressive when it comes to the interview stage. Try to get hold of any newsletters they send out, make notes on their website articles and gain as much information as you can about the ethos of their company. Ask whether you will be involved with any of these campaigns.
4. Ask questions about the job description
If there are parts of the job description you aren’t sure about; ask! Research these beforehand obviously but never be afraid to get another perspective. If the job description says ‘engaging with people from different backgrounds’ ask the employer what sorts of people/businesses they engage with on regular basis. If the job description says ‘researching new business’ maybe ask what sort of software will be available for you to do this.
Sit down with the job description and highlight the keywords such as the duties and skills; from there you will be able to see the backbones of the job and what is required of you. Draft some questions surrounding the duties and skills you have identified including anything you’re unsure of.
5. In what way is performance measured and reviewed?
Try to get a clear idea of how you will be assessed over your probation period and how your relationship with your team will work. Obviously, if you are applying for a management role, you will be responsible for measuring the success of your team but try and get a scope for their appraisal process. You could phrase the question differently to get the necessary information out of it. Will you get the opportunity to have catch ups with your manager on a regular basis or is it more of an independent role that is self managed? These are all worth asking so you can decide if the way they work will also work for you.
What sort of questions would you ask at an interview?