The end of the interview looms and the questions appears…
“Tell me, what questions do you have?”
You need to have questions, and be able to prep questions…
Don’t ask questions around package and benefits on the first interview; you should already be aware of what the package is from the advert or from the internal or external recruiter. The key here is to ask intelligent, well-thought-out questions that will demonstrate the level of research you’ve done and will show that you have a good understanding of the business. Also, when you’re asked if you have any questions, it’s not great if you reply, ‘No, I think you’ve covered everything’.
Ask questions about the person interviewing you. If you’ve done your research, you will know from LinkedIn how long they’ve been with the company. Therefore, a decent question could be: ‘What made you decide to join the business?’
Ask about the company. What is their expected growth? Have they got any plans to roll out new services or products? Culture is key, and most companies have a mission, a vison and values on their website. You could ask how the business ensures that they work to their values.
Ask about Expectation and performance. What do you expect the first 30/60/90 days to look like? How will I be measured? What metrics or goals will I be evaluated against?
Ask about training and development – What training will I be given? Will there be an opportunity for professional self-development?
Finally, if you feel that the role and company are right for you, tell the interviewer that you interested. It’s a brave question but ask if they have any concerns about your background and whether they see you as a good fit. It’s better to ask at this point so that you have the opportunity to give some more examples.
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