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"What are the Best Questions to ask a Potential Employer in a Job Interview?" - Ask Me Anything Tuesday

"What are the Best Questions to ask a Potential Employer in a Job Interview?" - Ask Me Anything Tuesday

Turning the tables on the recruiter

An interview is not a one sided conversation, yes the employer is going to have plenty of questions to ask you as they're deciding if you're the right applicant for the job but you should be expecting to get in a few questions of your own. An interview is an open conversation and the ability to ask questions is a great opportunity to make sure the job is just right for you. 
If you're not already asking questions in an interview then you are essentially blindly accepting a job offer without really knowing if you'll fit and so many people wonder why they hate their job. Not only is it an opportunity to find out if the job is really what the advert cracks it up to be but it is a chance to further impress the employer. Your answers are important but your questions can show your passion, enthusiasm and desire to work for that company, so you want to get them just right. 

Now don't focus all your attention to what questions to ask as you have to ace the interview first, so check out the Ultimate Interview Tips to make sure you're well rounded and ready to excel in the interview. 


Should you have all your questions rehearsed?

Should you have all your questions rehearsed?

A typical politician's answer but yes and no. You should always be prepared and when deliberating what questions to ask, having a handy list makes it a whole lot easier to remember. 
So where does the no side of the coin come from? Well like every part of an interview you don't want to come across too rehearsed and having a list which you can't veer away from doesn't lead to a fluid conversation. So have your ideas but be open to adapting to the flow of the interview and by no means just repeat a questions that has already been covered. Show you're listening by making your interview questions fit perfectly with the discussion. 


What types of questions are allowed?

What types of questions are allowed?

You can ask anything ... well almost anything, I don't think asking for the recruiter's favourite colour is going to get you anyway. The questions you ask should help you make a more informed discussion about how you are going to progress with this application, so any questions about the company, the culture or the role itself will support your decision. 

You don't want to leave the interview wishing you would have asked something. Yes of course you can follow up with any questions after the interview is completed but it is much easier to get a feel for the company when you're face to face with them.


 How do I make my questions give me an edge on the competition?

How do I make my questions give me an edge on the competition? 

Firstly, you want to try and not be too generic. Most employers will do several interviews in a day so think outside the box, no recruiter wants to answer the same question again and again. Most applicants will ask question such as "how can I progress in this role" simply because they feel it shows a desire to develop but stop being so clique and instead ask questions with real substances. 

If you are truly passionate about growth, then instead question the ability to work across departments, the opportunities to train internally or the possibilities of internal recruitment. If you really want to impress the recruiter add your research into your questions, for example stating "I read you recently partnered with a training provider to offer apprenticeship training to your employees, does this mean that there is more potential to get involved in internal training course or becoming a training mentor in this role?"

You are in essence asking the same thing as the tedious "can I progress" question but your showing you haven't just printed a template list of questions off the computer. 

Examples

If you want a convenient list of questions for your interview then I have done you a little favour and put some together some examples but remember to tailor them to the situation.

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