You’ve made it through your job interview, and you’re not doing too poorly so far, either. Right up until your interviewer asks you that terrifying closing question: “Do you have any questions for us?” Well, do you?
Asking you if you have any questions is not just a way to tell you the interview is coming to an end: they really mean it! They want to hear what you have to say! Plus, it’s one more way for you to prove that you’re the ideal candidate for this role. Just like any other section of the interview, preparation is critical to ask the right questions.
We’ve done the research and created a list of questions to help you to turn this interview into a home run.
Smart questions for you to ask your interviewer
Can you explain the daily responsibilities of this role?
This is a great one because it’s simple and opens more space for questions. It’s a good way to keep the conversation going that little bit longer.
Who would I be reporting to?
This one is fantastic because it shows that you understand a company’s hierarchy and that you’re interested in your role on multiple levels.
Do you have any advice for someone who is about to start in this role?
Again, an interesting question because it shows you’re ready to learn and be a team player, plus you never know what you’ll find out if you ask.
Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
This question shows you’re helpful and enthusiastic about the role.
What are the next steps in the interview process?
This will give you an idea of how quickly you’ll know if you landed your dream role after your interview. It will also give you an idea of how many other people are being interviewed and if there will be a second or even third interview in the hiring process.
We already know practice makes perfect, that’s why, as well as picking a few questions that you should ask your employer, it’s also important to rehearse your answers to these typical interview questions.
It is essential to rehearse so you’re ready to give your best responses when it’s showtime. Practice in front of a mate, your parents or even your computer if no one is around.
Even using your iPhone to record yourself can help give you an insight into how well you are conveying your points and how fast/slow you might be speaking.
Here are some typical questions that may be asked of you in an interview
- What parts of this job interest you the most?
- What do you consider your unique skills and abilities to be?
- What is your experience in this type of work?
- What do you know about our company?
- Are you active in any clubs or community organisations?
- What are your leisure activities/hobbies/interests?
- Why do you think you would be suitable as an employee?
- What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
- As an employee, what would you have to offer us?
- Which of your school subjects interested you most?
- How would you manage study and work while undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship?
- What do you know about this industry?
- What are your long-term career plans?
- How do you feel about working as part of a team?
- Would you be prepared to work overtime or on weekends if required?
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