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Best questions to ask in an interview!

Best questions to ask in an interview!

When you go for an interview, you are always asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This gives you the chance to show you have done your research on the company, and what the most important things are to you based on your questions.

The questions you ask are not just about the quantity, this is also a chance for the interviewer to know what your non-negotiables are depending on how thought out your questions are, or if they are just asked for the sake of it. Businesses are not only looking for the best experience and most attractive CV; they’re looking for passionate people who will fit in with the companies’ culture and core values.

Knowing the best questions to ask in an interview shows the hiring managers what your interests are for this position and helps leave a good impression.

Here are some of Strictly’s best questions to ask….

What was the deciding factor in you working here?

Asking why the interviewer decided to join the company not only gives you extra information on the benefits of working there, but also a chance for you to get to know them more. It gives you the chance to ask other questions off the back of their answer on if those factors have been proven after joining the company.

What do you love the most about working here?

Researching your interviewer on LinkedIn to see how long they have worked for the company and any shifts in their role since joining can also give you a personalised way of asking this question. E.g., “In the last 6 years of you working for this company, what are the main things you love in this role?” or “What are you most proud of with working for this company in for the last 6 years?”

Positive questions like these give the interviewer a chance to talk about themselves and what they love about the company and helps you build a personal connection with them. You will then in tern learn about what they value; this gives you the opportunity to decide if you also agree with these, and if the companies a good fit for you.

Word on the grapevine is that interviewers who talk more in interviews end up leaving feeling better and more positive than those where they didn’t speak as much!

If successful, is there anything I can do to be more prepared for this position?

If your skills do not directly align with this position, this is a great question to ask as it gives you the chance to upskill and prepare yourself for any challenges that may arise.

If you are from a hospitality background and are moving into a receptionist position, asking this question will allow you to gain more of an insight into what will be expected of you and if you can take any short courses or gain more knowledge before starting. It also shows that you understand you may not currently have all the required skills, but you are very interested in this position and eager to learn.

What challenges have people in this role faced in the past?

This question gives the interviewer the opportunity to give their opinion of this role and the most difficult situations you could face. Its gives you an idea of their expectations based on how they answer the questions and if the company has faced challenges due to under skilled employees.

Why has this position become available?

Before any interview, as well as researching the interviewer on LinkedIn, it may also be a good idea to see the companies “meet the team” page on their website to see if the person currently in this position is listed. This gives you the opportunity to ask why this role is open and what is the situation with the current person in this position.

Knowing why someone is leaving may show you that there is potential for career progression upwards or into different positions within the company.

What’s the biggest impact that I can make in the first three months?

Job descriptions often leave things confusing for the candidate and do not always give you the full idea of the position. By asking the interviewer how you can make a difference immediately gives you an understanding of the aspects to the role and what the company want you to primarily focus on. It also shows your interviewer that you’re passionate about your work and want to make an impact in the role.

Companies may use job descriptions from previous vacancies, so what you may be expected to do could be very different from what is stated in the job description. Questions like these ensure that you have the same expectations and are not going in blind sighted.

What does career progression look like in this position?

Finding out how far you can go within a role is something every candidate should do. The interviewer would normally give you information about the employee who did the same job and where they are in the company now. However, asking the question directly gives you more information and can be an impressive ice breaker when you meet this person in the future.

What are the next steps in the interview process?

Understanding the hiring process after the first interview might help you worry less about not hearing back from them for a while.

The interviewer may mention about other upcoming interviews for this role before they make their final decision, or about some tests they expect you to do in future interviews. This allows you to get an idea of how long you may be waiting to hear back. It also gives you an insight into how the company functions which might help you decide whether it’s a good fit.

Final thoughts….

We’ve shared some great questions to ask your interviewer next time. These interview questions help you create a lasting impression and give you critical insights about the company and whether you’ll be a good fit to work there.

So, what everyone asks us! How many questions should you really be asking in an interview? 

Strictly would say you should aim to ask at least two to three questions at the end of an interview to show the interviewer you are prepared and have done your research. However, always prepare a few to ask throughout the interview to make it more of a conversation. Don’t forget! Make sure you are not asking questions to answer they have already given you!

If you would like anymore interviews types, why not check out our blog on the “STAR” method to help you with example questions below!

STAR method

Blog by our Office Manager – Lucy Sharman, 18 Jul 2023