It is important to make sure you have questions to ask in your interview as this will allow your interviewer to feel that you are really engaged with the role and are enthusiastic to learn more.
Although every interview is different, there is no doubt that an open dialogue is preferable to a question and answer style interview. It will give you the opportunity to have more of a discussion and let your interviewer get to know you better.
- Ask questions about the firm, the department/team dynamic. Ascertaining whether you would be aligned with the style of the firm/department is really useful for you and showing that this is a consideration of yours to the interviewer will give great credit to your application. It is important to make sure that any question that you do ask however, hasn’t already been covered in earlier conversation or on the job spec so don’t memorise questions and stick to them if you already have the info you need.
- Ask about how they expect the successful applicant to progress in the role and what opportunities there are to take on more responsibility. This will show that you are keen to add value to their business and are prepared to engage with the business outside of the role you are applying for.
- Ask your interviewer about the challenges of the role. This is a good question because it will show your interviewer that you are already considering solutions to the challenges that would potentially face you in the role.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a question that showcases your knowledge and experience. Ask a question and refer back to your previous experience. It is important to note that you should cater your questions to the interviewer. If you are interviewing for a particularly technical role, make sure you are asking questions that is within the remit of the interviewer. This will show emotional intelligence and displays your excellent communication skills
My motto is ‘Delivery over content’. With all of these questions it is always going to matter how you pitch them more than anything else. Use your intuition as to whether it is an appropriate time to ask the question, whether the person you are considering asking it to is the best person to answer it and whether it gives credit to you application or not (i.e. presents you in the best light possible). If in doubt, ask your Recruitment Consultant!
‘Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.’ – Francis Bacon