It’s easy to sit and fret about the interview. Those people, in their fancy clothes and their clean chairs, forcing you to run the intellectual gauntlet all in the name of employment. And true, you should be boning up on your personal achievements and your risk taking and your examples where you saved a group of co-workers from that fire – but remember, this isn’t a one-way street.
At the end of every interview, after all the example-giving and the quick-fire know-how, there’s one thing you can guarantee. “So, do you have any questions for us?” they smile. And here, here is where you can out-perform the rest. Whilst other FOOLS might sit back, sweating slightly and quivering with relief that it’s all over, you finally get your turn. Because question time is rife with the opportunity to shine.
Without further ado, here are the five questions you should always ask your potential employers, the lucky dogs that they are.
1. “So, why do you like working here?”
First off, people like talking about themselves. That’s just a truth. Getting your potential employer to relax and speak positively and enthusiastically about his or her company is a sure-fire way to spark proper, warm conversation, rather than just a slightly stilted, professional back and forth. It also makes you seem genuinely interested in them as an individual, which generally speaking, people respond well to.
And hell, you need to get the dirt on this company. If they can’t muster enthusiasm, the likelihood is you won’t be able to either.
2. “Are there opportunities for professional training or official qualifications?”
Oh hello, I believe that’s what they call the old switcheroo. Because dammit, you’re not the only one who has to come across well here. Sure, you want to be offered the job – no-one likes rejection, after all – but it’s important to keep in mind what exactly the job can offer you, too.
You want to make sure that this company is a place that cares about the personal development of its team, and this question is the perfect way to get this across. It also highlights the fact that you are ambitious and always wanting to improve. Which is nice.
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