Three interview questions you should be asking

By Tom Evans

When it comes to the common interview questions that everyone goes through when first meeting a potential employer, it’s easy to think that you’ve got them covered. Maybe you do! After all, unless you’re thrown some truly bizarre interview questions, you might believe that you have a handle on the whole interview process.

However, while you can always practice competency-based interview questions and prepare for the big day, when it comes to the “do you have any questions” part, it’s easy to get tongue-tied. So, to help you out, 360 Resourcing has put together the following three questions to ask in an interview so that you stand out from the crowd:

What do you like best about working for this business?

When it comes to our first piece of interview advice, we’d like to point out the importance of relating to your interviewer. Yes, they might be your future boss, or in an influential HR role within the company, but they’re still a person.

So, with this in mind, find out what they enjoy about working within the company you’re interviewing for. Not only will it give you some great insight into the firm’s culture, or at least how it likes to present itself, but it’ll also be easier to make a connection with the interviewer.

What challenges are facing the company at the moment?

Job interview questions are designed to find out the most about you and how you’ll fit within a team, but it is a two-way street. As such, asking the above will help you to gauge what sort of issues the business is facing at the moment, and whether you have the skills to help them conquer these challenges.

Of course, it will also provide you with a view into the firm’s inner workings, as understanding what they perceive as their major problems will allow you to determine whether you want to work there. Are they struggling to grow? Perhaps there has been a big shakeup recently. Or, maybe their largest problem is that their services are too in demand to adequately cope! Whatever the case, these interview questions and the answers supplied will let you decide whether the opportunity is right for you.

Do you have any concerns that I can address?

For all the interview preparation that you can do, your employment chances will still largely rest upon your performance on the day. Of course, preparing properly will help greatly, yet sometimes it’s hard to tell just how well you’ve done!

So, rather than leaving it to chance, ask whether the interviewer has any specific concerns about your experience, skills or performance that you can respond to. That said, this is not the time to get defensive, but to listen closely and respond professionally. Critical self-evaluation is a big plus, and there may be areas that you can improve on. To this point, Sean McPheat, Managing Director of MTD Training, had the following advice:

“When it comes to handling these objections, they are actually an opportunity for you to turn them into benefits so be prepared to look for the angle on this. For example:

‘You seem over qualified for this position.’

“Respond with how your skills and experience will enable you to hit the ground running and that you can be a valuable coach to others in the team. Therefore, they get more than just an employee.

‘You lack experience.’

“Respond with that you are aware of your areas of development and are learning X or Y to make up for it. Also, that what you lack in experience you make up for it in your positive attitude and approach to your work.

“At the end of the day, the interviewer is looking at how you handle these questions and you need to come back with a benefit. If nothing else, it will also show that you can think on your feet!”

Leading on from Sean’s expert advice, the interviewer will appreciate your honesty, and they may even provide some relevant interview tips that you can use next time. On the other hand, you may find that their concern is easily assuaged by your skills or experience, yet you just hadn’t thought to mention that particular aspect of your background, so it was a good job you asked!

In all, whatever top interview techniques you choose to make use of, asking the above three questions will help you to ensure that the interviewer remembers you when it comes to making their pick.

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