If you have ever been in an interview at any point and found it difficult to think of questions to ask, or ever thought that you really should have prepared more for the interview, then these interview tips will be a useful guide to help you to improve your interview techniques in your next interview.
Preparing for an interview is not just about preparing for the questions that you will be asked by the interviewer, it is also about preparing intelligent questions to ask during the interview. The questions that you ask will have a huge bearing on the way an interviewer perceives your suitability for the position. Are your first questions about pay and bonuses? Are you more interested in holidays and benefits? Or do you simply want promotion and career opportunities?
Remember that this is a great opportunity to actually discover whether the position is right for you and if it lives up to your expectations. Many people attend interviews without thinking too much about the questions that they want to ask; they ‘play it by ear’ and see where the interview goes. This often leaves you with few questions to ask, particularly when the interview has been very comprehensive.
The key to a successful interview is to ask questions that will leave a positive impression with the interviewers.
Preparing For Your Interview:
Always do your homework on the company that you are seeing. Find out as much as you can about them, their mission statement, aims and objectives.
Ensure that you understand what the company does. Research their website and look at what they have to say about themselves. Whilst you do not have to be able to recite their history, you must be able to demonstrate and understanding of their business if you are asked questions about the organisation.
Questions to ask about the Organisation:
Asking questions about the organisation really helps to demonstrate to the interviewer that you are interested in what they do and that you wish to understand their business further.
Questions To Ask About The Position:
Understanding more about the position will help you to decide whether the role is right for you. It also shows the interviewer that you have thought about the nature of the role and that you are keen to ensure that you understand what will be required of you.
Questions To Ask At The End Of The Interview:
And finally, always thank the interviewer for taking the time to see you. Let them know that you have enjoyed the interview and (if you feel the role is right for you) that you are interested in the opportunity.
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