At some point during every good interview you will be asked if you have any questions. Some things will cross your mind during the meeting. Other questions you can have prepared before you arrived. You may have seen some plans listed on their website which you may want to know more about. Or you may have some generic questions which help you decide if they are going to be the right employer for you.
There is a definite list of things it is fine and even good to ask at interview, as well as a list of absolute don’t mentions. The thing to hold in your mind is this Company is looking to employ someone who is going to be a great fit for this role and an asset to them. They want you to view them as a ‘love match’ not a meal ticket. Going back to our previous comparisons with dating, companies, like people, want to be wanted for them, not for what they can give you financially (deep down they have an inkling that the salary counts)
Armed with this information you know the right questions are all linked around are you a good match for each other;
- Do you have common morals and values – you can ask this question any way you like depending on your own personal value system
- Are you working for the same goal – will the way that the Company is heading and this role is developing be synchronistic to your own personal plans for career direction
- Am I going to be able to please them – a great question to ask is ‘what would I need to do to excel in this role within the first three to six (or twelve) months?’
- Are they going to be able to support your learning curve – you can ask about training, external and internal courses, own initiative learning and any eBased programmes they have in place which will help you perform even better in this role
- Do they think you are a good fit – a great parting question is ‘do you have any reservations about my suitability for this role?’. If they do have any concerns you can address them there and then rather than leaving them with a doubt in their mind.
Equally you know that these type of questions are a big NO;
- Anything to do with salary, bonuses or remuneration
- Anything to do with holidays and time off in general – you haven’t even been offered the job and you are already wanting time off. That says all the wrong things to a potential employer
- Anything which has no bearing on your fit for the role and their fit for your ambitions and would come under a general heading of ‘what’s in it for me’
When you get offered the job is when negotiation around salary, perks, benefits and time off starts. Not a moment before.
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