The Interview Questions – continued from last month

posted on 14th Aug 2018 by Deirdre O'Sullivan

That dreaded question the Interviewer asks – ‘Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?‘ The biggest mistake you can make is to say ‘no’. This is your opportunity to show you have done your research on the company and to show you really want the job. Try to have at least 4-5 questions ready to ask.

Role-specific questions

Look through the job description to see if there are any areas that you would like more information about. Here are some good questions you could ask about the role:

  1. Why has the position become available?
  2. What are the main objectives and responsibilities of the position?
  3. How does the company expect these objectives to be met?
  4. What are the measures used to judge how successful I am in the role?
  5. What can I expect from you in terms of development and support?
  6. What aspirations do you have for me at the company?
  7. Where will the job fit into the team structure?

Company-specific questions

Having done your research on the company you should have a good idea what they are all about. But it is always good to get answers directly from your potential boss or team leader. Here are a few questions you could ask about the company:

  1. What is the best thing about working at your company?
  2. How do you build good relationships within teams?
  3. What is the turnover of staff like throughout the company?
  4. Are there any plans for expansion?
  5. What are the company core values?

Remember, the interview is not just for them to see if you are the right fit for the company – if you know you have the skills an ability to do the job, you need to know that the company is the right fit for you too.

A little hint – do not be tempted to ask about pay or benefits as it seems you are more into what you can get rather than give. If you are successful at the interview you will be made an offer and this is the perfect time to negotiate pay and benefits.

To read last month’s blog post about common interview questions and answers, click here.

 

DEIRDRE O’SULLIVAN, H.R. MANAGER

Dee has been part of the Neworld family for nearly 25 years, having worked in many roles in the company she has been our HR Manager for the past 10 years and this is her favourite role so far. Dee believes our “USP” is our wonderful talented staff and it is her job to keep them happy. Our ethos is “great relationships build great brands” and we strive to have great relationships with all members of our staff and this comes across to our clients.