In the recruitment process getting an interview is the pinnacle of achievement. This means on paper you have shone out to the company so much so that they want to meet you. If you really want the role the of course you will prepare for the interview by finding out about the company and it s products and services online.
Come interview day your confidence is high and you know the interview is going well as the conversation is flowing naturally. This is the stage on which to sell yourself but don’t forget interviews are two way streets. The company is there to see if you are right for the job AND you are there to find out if the job is right for you.
The rut most people tend to fall into with interviews is not asking enough pertinent questions as they focus too hard on selling themselves. And, of course the one line at the end that everyone prepares for ‘Have you got any questions for us’ can often be a nervous undoing of a put together candidate. Everyone prepares for this line, but quite often after a long interview many questions have already been answered in general conversation.
Staying engaged until the final handshake is important so make sure you are asking questions throughout the interview in relevant places as it shows interest. If you are stuck for questions here are a few suggestions.
How would you describe the culture of the department and company?
What are some of the challenges currently faced by the team/department/company?
What opportunities are available for personal/professional development?
What systems are in place to evaluate employee performance?
What types of training are available?
Remember this is the best way for you to find out about the company. Online research can only take you so far and these questions show that you are really interested in understanding the department/team/business therefore striking a chord with the interviewers. Asking open ended questions throughout the interview will allow the conversation to flow, so if this doesn’t come naturally to you then prepare. Never ask about salary during the interview as this is the inappropriate place for that conversation.
You should leave an interview understanding how your role fits in to the team/department/business, in general enough information to know whether you would accept a formal offer of employment.