Job interview tips: The ultimate interview questions cheat sheet – Part 2


Before you read this post, check out Part 1 here:

Do you have any questions for us? – Is it a trick question? Am I supposed to have any? What do I actually ask?

Is it a trick question?

It’s not necessarily a trick question but remember in our first blog post way back when, when we discussed how similar finding a job is to dating. Well imagine going on a date, and having one person talk the entire time! There probably won’t be a second date. You’ve got to put the effort in as well. Do your research, prepare and be confident! This is your time to shine.

What if I don’t have a question?

Don’t lie. You always have a question. Never say, “no I think you’ve covered everything” because your interviewer probably didn’t. As we said in our last blog, interviews are a two way process. As much as the company is interviewing you, you are also interviewing them. So you should ALWAYS have some questions. Below we’ll go through a couple of questions that you might not think about, but you’ll want to know the answers to the minute you leave your interview. Have a few questions prepared so that you’re ready for anything but be prepared to only ask two or three. This isn’t a game of 21 questions! or an interrogation! The key to this trick question is to ask the RIGHT questions.

What type of questions do I ask?

As much as you can prepare some questions to ask during this portion of the interview you need to be paying attention throughout your interview. Sometimes your questions can be answered during the interview. Now there are two types of questions. Ones based on the company and ones based on your potential position in the company. But make sure you actually want to know the answers to these questions. Don’t fake it.

How to use your research in your question

Here’s a perfect time to show you’ve done your research on the company without looking like a teachers pet. Slip in a question like ” I saw you had recently changed your marketing strategy. Why is that?” or even slip in a statement like, “I saw you recently launched a new product, I’ve had one/tasted it and it is fantastic.’ Maybe they’ve partnered with another company, received a big client or even moved premises. So ask a question based on that.

Examples of questions to ask – Company

  • Where do you see the company in the next few years?
  • What is your Companies culture like?
  • What is your favourite thing about the Company?

Examples of questions to ask – Personal

  • What team would I be working with?
  • Can you please show me an example of the type of projects I would be working on?
  • What are the performance expectations for this position?
  • How would my performance be measured or evaluated?
  • Would I have to complete any training programes?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities someone should possess to excel in this position?
  • What opportunities is there for growth for me?

By asking questions you can often show your excitement and enthusiasm. It shows that you genuinely care. In todays age you are often up against people who have the exact same experience and qualifications as you. This is your chance to stand out and make that hiring manager remember you!

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