Remember that an interview is a two-way process. As well as the organisation assessing your ‘fit’, with them, you’re making your own assessment as to how well it fits with your goals, values and needs. The best way to do this is by asking perceptive questions.
Generally an interviewer will ask for questions towards the end of the conversation; however, if you get an opportunity to ask questions as you go along, do so. It creates more of a sense of two-way dialogue as well as giving you valuable information to feed into your interview responses.
How can asking questions benefit you?
Asking well thought out questions in your interview can:
- demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and company.
- gain you valuable information about the organisation to help you evaluate the job against your own criteria
- give you the chance to highlight your skills and experience potentially relevant to the position
- demonstrate your confidence
- make the interview more interesting for both parties and allow the opportunity for good chemistry to develop
- demonstrate your self-awareness
Ideas for questions to ask
You should ask questions about the organisation, the job, performance and reward, and well as the process itself. They should obviously be tailored to take account of how much you already know about the content of the role.
- Tell me about the resources (budget, people, equipment) available to me to do this job?
- How would you describe the culture of the organisation?
- What are the immediate priorities for this role?
- How is this role likely to develop in the future?
- How do you evaluate and reward success?
- What are the opportunities for training and development?
- How do you see my skills and experience fitting with your organisation?
- Is there any part of either my application or interview today that is still unclear to you? If so, is there anything I can do to help with that?
- What are the next steps in the process?