Top Interview Questions

Top Interview Questions

When a need to undertake specific roles and responsibilities arises within an organisation companies must act quickly to recruit someone. Getting the recruitment right is important so mistakes in recruitment by hiring the wrong person with the incorrect skill or motivation can prove costly in both time and money.

It’s not just the company who need to get it right, though. The candidate also needs to ensure the job is right for them too, this means finding out as much about the job role as possible in the recruitment process. The interview provides the perfect setting for both parties to get to know one another in further detail.

The Interview

The competency based interview is perhaps the most common form. This style of interviewing gives all candidates a level playing field insofar as they are asked the same questions, designed to identify competencies. The question may take the form of Tell us about a time you have demonstrated a skill in team working, this gives the interviewee the chance to showcase their abilities as past performance is typically the greatest indication of future delivery.

In some SMEs, your interview may be less formal, more like a conversation. Some SME owners may need to act quickly to recruit for the role so you should be prepared for a two-way conversation.

Another modern trend is the strengths-based interview. Some organisations look specifically for candidates in certain roles based on their strengths. The general idea behind this is that if candidates can be suited to tasks based on strengths they are more likely to perform at a higher level.

How Should You Prepare For An Interview?

In preparing for an interview, our top tips would always be to research the company and the department you expect to work in.

Get to know the products or service they sell, their ambition and their customers or clients. It is likely you may be asked what you know about the company in your interview and providing well-researched examples will back you up.

Also, take your time to plan your journey as well as first impressions count. No one wants to be late for an interview as that will you give you a quick strike.

Also, consider what you will wear for the interview. Think about it, is a suit appropriate or is the general dress code smart casual? Often, looking at the “our team” page on the company website can give you insights into how their employees dress.

Finally, think about some of the closing questions you could ask to find out about the company, this highlights you have the initiative to think beyond the line.

30 Top Questions to ask at Interview

Here are 30 questions to consider asking at an interview:

Job Position Interview Questions

  • What are the prospects for growth for the person in this job?
  • Is it a new position or a replacement for someone?
  • What is the biggest challenge someone in this job faces on a daily basis?
  • How has this position come about?
  • How would you describe the daily tasks of this role?
  • What are the key skills for success in this job?
  • How will the company measure success within this role?
  • What is the working pattern like for the role?
  • Who will I be communicating with usually in this role?
  • How do you think this role will evolve over time?
  • How does the employee receive feedback in the role?

Interviewee Questions

  • Could you describe your career path within the organisation?
  • What would you say is the best thing about working for the company?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
  • What does the typical career path look like for an ambitious employee in this department?

Company Interview Questions

  • How would you describe the culture of the organisation?
  • What are the future goals of the company?
  • Where do you see the company in three years’ time?
  • What are the goals of the department?
  • How would you describe the culture of the company?
  • What do you think are the main challenges of the organisation in the coming years?
  • What is the culture like in the department?
  • How does the company provide feedback on performance?
  • How visible are senior leaders within the organisation?

Post-Interview Questions

  • When should I expect to hear back?
  • How should I expect to hear back from you?
  • Will you be able to provide feedback on my interview?
  • When do you expect the job to start?
  • Is there someone I can contact in case I don’t hear from you?
  • What is the next stage if successful?
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