“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”Colin Powell
Have you ever been in an interview and been stuck when the interviewer asks you “have you got any questions for us?” we are often so focused on saying the right things in the interview itself that we often forget that we are also seeing if their role and company is the right career move!
With a buoyant recruitment market, it is becoming increasingly important for candidates to not just demonstrate what they can do, but what other qualities they bring, for example, when I speak to clients, it is mostly focused on motivational factors and drive to achieve a job well done.
So to avoid those uncertain moments, and if you are currently preparing yourself for an interview, here are some questions you could consider:
What are the biggest challenges of the department?
Whilst this may seem like a generic question, it demonstrates an interest in understanding how to lend your skills and knowledge to effectively support the department as they face these challenges.
What are the company values?
This may seem like a daft question, but it is important to understand the type of company you could potentially be working for, some may have these clearly displayed on the company website but it gives real insight into their culture and direction.
What are the most important things you’d like me to achieve within my first 3 months?
There is a reason for hiring you! This not only shows that you are keen and motivated to do a good job, it shows that you want to make a difference. It also will give you insight into knowing what is expected of you during that settling in period so you can determine if the role is right for you.
What are the opportunities to grow within this role?
You should tread carefully with this one, as it may show that you want to use this particular role as a stepping stone although by getting the balance right can show long term ambitions.
What happens next?
Knowing the next steps in the process can help manage your expectations, will there be a second stage interview perhaps? After all, there is nothing worse than giving up your time to attend an interview and not receiving any feedback which is sadly all too common.
Do you have any further tips or advice for those going for an interview? Feel free to share your advice in the comments!