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Questions to ask in job interviews

Started by Job Hunter, January 08, 2017, 12:09:29 pm

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Job Hunter

OK, so you filled out the application form, got through all the testing and answered all their questions easily.  Now your faced with your greatest challenge!

The dreaded question, "is there anything you would like to ask us?".  DOH!  You know you can't just say "no, I'm fine" and walk away.

This is your final test - all the rest was just a warm up - this is the big game!

Most of the questions to ask, below, would naturally have to be tailored for each position applied for (I can't hold your hand all the way through your application process - you're just gonna have to learn to stand on your own two feet!).

What scope for promotion and upward progress is there within this company?

This shows that you are both keen and are making long term plans to remain with the company.

Is the company planning any expansions or developments that might lead to further career opportunities?

This shows that you are taking an interest in the company, and again that you are making long term plans to remain with them.

I am keen to further develop my skills and experience.  What sort of scope is there to do this within your company?

Employers will value potential as much as existing skills and experience.  You will be perceived to be more valuable to them if they think your skills and knowledge will continuingly grow.  Also, most employers will have some sort of training or staff facilities in place, so it's always good to let them know they're not wasting their money!

Relate to your past experience.

For example, if you found a previous job not to be challenging enough, then say so at your interview.

Ask your potential employer how they will challenge you!

Note:  If you tell them that you found your previous job dull and boring, but you are applying for the same role in a different company, then the chances are that you won't get the job!

Relate to what they have been telling you at the interview.

If you bring something up that they have mentioned to before, it shows that you have been listening (which is the least that they can expect from you after all!).

Say something along the lines of, "You said before that you are expanding into the music business.  I have a particular interest in the music industry, so would it be possible, nearer the time, for me to participate in this?".

Relate to the industry.

Read up on the industry that your potential employer works in.

If there have been notable developments recently, then bring them up (ask what impact the developments had on their business).

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