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How to answer that all important interview question: “Is there anything you’d like to ask us?”

How to answer that all important interview question: “Is there anything you’d like to ask us?”

over 1 year ago Empty Jason Thornhill

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​All good interviews should end with the candidate being given an opportunity to ask their own questions. It shows that the company sees hiring as a two-way process with both sides needing to be sure the move is right for them. Whilst this might seem like a gesture from the employer, the feedback we have received from our HVAC and engineering clients over the years shows that the way a candidate answers this question is just as important as the rest of the interview.  

Here are 7 questions you could ask an interviewer to make the best of this opportunity

What would my first week look like?

With this question you are asking to be talked through the day-to-day role in a little more detail. You are also showing that the induction and training process matters to you. Be prepared to dig deeper on this question if the initial response isn’t quite what you’d hoped for.

What are you most proud of about the company and what you’ve achieved?

Candidates who flip common interview questions to the interviewer are remembered for it. When the panel is deciding who to consider for the role, anything positive that can differentiate them is a good thing. You can ask this question in a variety of ways, focusing on the company achievements, the interviewer’s personal career highlights or both.

How much input do employees have in terms of contributing ideas?

This question is aimed at finding out about the culture of the company. Is there a strong leadership culture and how much effort goes into engaging employees and seeking their input?

What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?

This shows that you have a good grasp of reality and don’t necessarily expect the job to be plain sailing. You’re letting the employer know that you’d like to be a proactive part of the team and prepare for the challenges so that you can hit the ground running.

Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

This immediately presents you as a team player. You are saying that you want to know more about them and start thinking about how you’ll all work together. It also gives you a good understanding of the team structure and where your role will fit in.

Are there opportunities for professional development?

Training and development may or may not be important to you but if you’re ambitious and want to progress with the company, this question lets the employer know that. It also gives you a good idea about whether it’s possible to develop your career.

What does it take to be a high performer in this business?

This question drills down into what they are looking for and encourages them to consider you as a good fit. It shows you want to perform well and help the company achieve its goals. Again, it highlights that you see yourself as being part of the organisation rather than just an individual who happens to work there.

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