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Don’t make this mistake in your next interview

If you’ve been guilty of this, we have good news – it’s a really easy fix.

Time and again, we see candidates making the same mistake – they don’t ask any meaningful questions during their interview.

The thing is, hiring managers unanimously agree: The absolute worst answer you can give when asked, “Do you have any questions?” is “No”.

The purpose of this question is to determine how prepared you are for the role and how interested you are in the company.

So, instead of answering no, think of this as your opportunity to assess the organisation and whether you really want to work there.

We’ve detailed some easy questions you can have in your back pocket the next time this question pops up. Of course, you don’t need to ask all of them but pick a few that will help uncover what really matters to you.

1. “What type of person would not be a good fit in your team?”

2. “What are the biggest challenges I might face in this position?”

3. “What’s the most important thing I should accomplish in the first 90 days?”

4. “What did the person who previously held this position do well?”

5. “In what way are you most proud of your team?”

6. “What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?”

7. “What are the long-term opportunities for growth in this role?”

8. “What’s your favourite part of working here?”

9. “How would you describe your management style?”

10. What are you doing to tackle (insert industry issue here)?

So, next time you hear “Do you have any questions?”, see it for what it is: a great opportunity to set the interview agenda to your advantage. Make it count.

If you’re preparing for an interview & need a hand, get in touch with the team. We’re here to help.

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