What to ask at the end of your next interview.
“Do you have any questions for us?”
This is one of the most common, but often overlooked, questions asked as part of the interview process.
It’s not just the interviewer being polite- it’s a key opportunity for them to discover more about you and it gives you the chance to make YOUR mark on the interviewer’s mind!
Show your interest in the company and the interviewer by taking the time to ask them questions at the end of the interview. When asked this often dreaded and predictable question, don’t just respond with ‘No’, get up and leave! Asking them questions will make you memorable and stand out from the other candidates- it could even add to securing your interview success!
Stick to asking them two or three, well structured, key questions- don’t bombard them with questions. It’s good practice to have a few prepared and to not just ‘wing it’ on the day.
Think about the questions – personal to you – that you would you need to know in order to make a decision on accepting the role you are applying for, should you be offered it. This could include flexibility of working, the company culture, the type of projects you’ll be working on, the technology used…etc. Ask these questions whilst you have the chance. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Before you go in, jot down a couple of points that will be important to you in making a decision on whether you’d like to work there- this will help you make an informed decision when offered a job.
Here are a few example questions that some of Jenson Knight’s candidates have asked to get the most out of their interview.
“What are the projections for the company’s future success? Where do you see the company/my role/this department in the next five years?”
This shows your interest in the company and shows you have a long-term vision as a long-term employee. Hinting on the longevity of your future with the company, and that you could potentially see yourself there in the next five years, shows that you are really interested in what they do and would be passionate about working there. Asking about success again emphasises the fact that you care about the company’s successes and your future working with it.
“Do you have any reservations about hiring me?”
This gives you the chance to rectify any points that you may have missed out during the interview,straighten out any miscommunications, and ease the interviewer’s mind about any doubts they may have regarding you. It also gives you an idea of how well the interview has gone!
“How are you planning on using this [particular technology] in the future?”
Ask original, authentic questions that other candidates might not think of- think outside the box! Have a look at the company’s website, research the technologies they’re using, and what their plans are for them. This will not only show how genuinely interested you are in what they do, but will also make you look like you want to be a part of it.
“What kind of progression is on offer/how do you help your team grow professionally?”
The interviewer can gauge a lot from this question- primarily it shows your desire to work for this company and it shows that you can see yourself as having a future with the company. It is important for you to know how the company will support your career growth. Jenson Knight have found that one of the top reasons for professionals leaving their current IT roles was a lack of opportunity to progress in their careers. It is best to be well informed before you accept the role and commit to it.
Have you thought about the questions that you will ask at the end of your interview? Get in touch with Jenson Knight to discuss and we will help you through the process.
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