12 interview questions candidates should ask to be successful
People seem to forget that an interview is for the business to find out what it wants to know about your experience and personality…. But it is also an opportunity to find out if it is a good fit for you too. Remember, interviewing is a two-way street! With this in mind you should have some questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
Here at Prince Associates, we have collated a list of the top 12 questions we have used when interviewing for jobs ourselves (this way we know they work!). We have advised many candidates to use these and they always seem to have a great effect.
- In your opinion do my skills meet the requirements you are looking for?
- Can you give me an example of a successful employee in this company? What makes them stand out?
- What do you think needs improving in the business?
- What are the measures used to judge how successful I am in the role?
- What aspirations do you have for this role?
- How do you build good relationships within the team?
- What is the turnover of staff like throughout the company?
- When did you start here? What has kept you in the business?
- What makes this business stand out from its competitors?
- Does this job role have any pressing concerns that you will need me to tackle straight away?
- What are the company’s plans for the future?
- What are the most important challenges that the business is facing?
What to avoid
- Try to avoid questions that can be answered on their corporate website or social media profiles. It may come across as if you haven’t completed any research or preparation for the interview.
- Stay away from questions that involve performance reviews or social media monitoring. Although these might be a genuine, natural concern of how a business operates – it can seem that you have something to hide.
- Save these questions for your Recruitment Consultant or at a later stage in the interview process.
- Finally, do not jump into questions about salary and benefits until those subjects are raised by the interviewer. Employers want to see enthusiasm and motivation about the company and role…not the pay packet!
One last thing before we go…
You may be wondering about how many of these questions you can ask in one interview. There really is no set formula to this one, there are many factors to consider: What has been covered off in the interview? How much time has been allocated? What tone has been set for the interview?
We would suggest prioritising your questions based on the interview situation. Ask for important information early to ensure you get the answers you need.
Good luck in your interviews, grab their attention by asking these questions and stand out! We’d love to hear from you to share how else we can help with your next career move and discuss what jobs we are currently working on.