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If during an interview you are slightly on edge and have a sore mouth from smiling agreeably, you might be tempted to politely say “No” when asked if you have any further questions. Try and fight that urge, and use this time as a last attempt to both impress your prospective employer, and really figure out if this is the right position for you. Here are four main areas to focus on:

 

  • Culture:
  • “How would you describe the general culture of the company?”
  • “What is your favourite thing about working here?”
  • “Why did you choose the company?”

If you want to know whether the company takes work-life balance seriously, are close, do fun things in their spare time, and get some fantastic perks, these are the kinds of questions that can help a candidate figure out the cultural status and social logistics of a company.

 

  • Career Path:
  • “Can you describe what my career path will look like?”
  • “Are there many opportunities for professional development within the company?”
  • “Will there be any form of training provided in order to progress?”

Asking questions about progression within the company is a great way for candidates to demonstrate their thirst for achievement. If you have a long-term interest in the job and a serious attitude towards professional growth, let it be known and listen carefully to the response given.

 

  • Expectations:
  • “Can you tell me about someone in this position who did a terrific job, and what made it terrific?”
  • “What are the biggest challenges that go with the territory in this position at this company?”
  • “What process will be used to evaluate my employee performance?”

You are looking here for the interviewer to provide a fair and full account of what the chosen candidate would be getting into. This is a chance for the candidate to identify the tasks undergone and ability of someone else successful in this role, and understand what will be required of them.

 

  • Next steps:
  • “Is it OK to contact you if I have any further questions?”
  • “What is the usual time frame for making hiring decisions?”
  • “What can I do as a next step in the process?”

The interviewer will know you are serious if you ask probing questions about the job. Pushing for results and being professionally aggressive is important for success.

 

An interview is a two-way street, and a great candidate interviews their interviewer. If you ask the right questions, it can reveal a lot about your level of interest and ability, and might make your interview the most memorable of the day.

 

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