Any Questions? – 10 Questions Your Interviewer Wants To Hear
The interview process is a stressful and anxious time for everyone, whether you are looking to make the first move onto the career ladder or changing pace completely, it always pays to be prepared. With many companies shifting to focus on culture and getting employees to be more flexible, it’s not uncommon for interviews to be more than just a room full of suits asking you questions. Last time around our career guru, Reeya Patel, gave some top tips on acing an interview presentation. Now that the interview is coming to a close, it’s likely you’ll be given the chance to ask your own questions. This can be the part of the process that many people fall down on; you want to appear prepared, and keen, but not overly eager. What questions should you ask to make sure you come across like the perfect fit, the candidate who is looking for the long-game, willing to work and learn, basically become a part of the team. Well, don’t fear Reeya is back with more insights to get you through.
Do you have any questions for us? Your interview is drawing to an end and you’re faced with this last ‘unofficial’ interview question. Find yourself racking your brain for questions to ask your interviewer? Use it as an opportunity to pitch your enthusiasm and interest in the role and any relevant experience you haven’t had the chance to mention with these stand-out questions:
1. I’m keen to hit the ground running; what immediate projects/campaigns will I be involved with?
This question demonstrates you’re keen, you’re eager and you won’t waste time making an impact; #readyandraringtogo!
2. I’ve recently finished a course/training in content marketing/coding/Google Analytics/any other training. I’m keen to use this new knowledge, will there be opportunities for me to do so?
This shows your commitment to personal development; you’ve been proactive in updating your knowledge and skills and you’re pitching your enthusiasm to use this to benefit their organisation- this can only be a good thing!
3. I enjoy working as part of a team; will I have time to meet colleagues across different offices?
Being able to transition between working autonomously and within a team are two skills employers are increasingly looking for. An eagerness to get acquainted with colleagues and start building strong working relationships is a strong selling point.
4. What training and shadowing opportunities will there be within the role?
You’re hungry for success, you want to learn, you want to be inspired- show them, tell them that you want to be on top of your game by keeping up with the latest trends and developments within your role and industry with training opportunities.
5. I have experience in media training/multimedia production/interviewing/any other complimentary skill; is there any scope for me to use this experience in this role?
Pitch any other experience you feel would benefit the role you’re applying for, or the organisation itself. You never know what opportunities this might lead to.
6. What are the short term and long term objectives for the department?
You’re showing a vested interest in the company direction; you’re considering your future and their answer gives you the opportunity to get an idea of things on their horizon, maybe a commercial shift, an upsurge in sales or a busy period of re-brand.
7. What spells success for high-achieving people within this organisation?
You want to know what success feels like, smells like and looks like and you’re telling that interviewer you want to excel. This gives you a gauge as to whether their idea of ‘success’ and achievement match your expectations and work ethic.
8. What are the key challenges within this role/organisation?
Every role and organisation comes with it’s challenges, it’s only natural. Get an idea of key issues you may find yourself resolving and get an idea whether you have the skills and resilience to do so.
9. I’m a people-person; how would you describe the work culture here?
Research shows that people who form close relationships are physiologically healthier; we spend more time than at work than family and friends, and rack up on average 9,024 hours of overtime in a lifetime, so your social environment is important. The answers to this question will give you an idea of the work/life culture and even if you’ll be rewarded with away days, sports clubs or after-work drinks.
10. Loyalty is important to me; what do you like about working here?
You’re showing you’re in it for the long-run and you want to make your mark. You’re also giving the interviewer an opportunity to talk about themselves and their own personal experience of working at the organisation- they’ll like this, trust me.
These ten questions are likely to make any interviewer sit up and take notice, at the end of the day an interview is about selling yourself and showing that you are the right candidate for the company. Recruitment can be a long and expensive process so the interviewer will want to see that you are looking forward and are already thinking about how you can help the company to achieve its goals. By highlighting that you are already thinking about how you would fit in and are willing to work to achieve this, you’ll immediately bag those extra brownie points.