5 Questions to ask at interview

30 Simon interviews SantaYou are lucky enough to be invited for an interview. You have done your homework, you’ve researched the company, the interviewer and you have a good understanding of the role.

Interviews can vary enormously, since everyone has their own style, so you never know quite what to expect. One thing is key, make a good impression by giving lots of eye contact, listen – use your ears and digest what is being said and asked of you. Confidence needs a fine balance. Being sure of your ability and being able to show that you are confident takes skill and nerve. Over confidence will kill the interview dead.  No one wants a smart-arse. Time is also another factor which isn’t a measure of how well you are doing. My interview style is varied according to the candidate and the role. If I have someone who seems over-confident in our first exchange of communication, I will dive straight into what they know and uncover areas which will unnerve them. Then I get to the “who they really are” section and find out what makes them tick. I have a slight advantage, I’ve interviewed thousands of people. It doesn’t make me any better at interviewing than the next person, but it does give me an insight as to how people react to certain questions and their answers will lead to other questions which will uncover their skills and ability, personality and mantra. The way people respond to certain questions will tell me a lot about their outlook. Never try to second guess what the interviewer wants to hear. You can bluff your way through the interview and get the job, only to be fired within 4-12 weeks.  A waste of your time, their time and lost job searching time for the right opportunity. Which questions do you ask at interview? I would always welcome the following five questions at any interview;

1. Is there anything that I haven’t answered that needs further clarification? 2. Based upon our time together today, how well do you think that I would fit into your business? 3. What do you like about working with this company. 4. My career is very important. Is there anything that you feel, would be a major hurdle for me if I joined your company? 5. Taking everything into account, could you see us working together? Some of these questions will open up a lengthy dialogue with the interviewer and depending of how they respond, will give you a good insight as to whether you are likely to be considered. Asking things like hours, pay and holiday are not advisable. Remember, if they want you, they’ll make an offer to attract, or they won’t be employing you. Interviews are a two-way thing. You should always remember that they want you, as much as you want the job. Good luck.

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