3 Smart Questions To Ask At Interview

At Blackwattle Careers our consultants have conducted thousands of job interviews. We therefore know and understand the importance of candidates asking smart questions during the interview process.

Generally at the conclusion of an interview, the recruiter will ask the candidate – “do you have any questions for us?” nothing says I am disinterested in this role and organisation better than by responding “no.” Whether this is your intention or not, this is how it will likely be perceived by the recruiter, so avoid ruining your interview by asking smart questions.

In this article, we look at 3 smart questions you can ask during your next job interview. Not only will these questions demonstrate you are serious, the responses will give you an excellent insight into the type of role and organisation you may be joining if you are successful.

Question 1:  How did this position become available?

This is a very good question to ask as it will give you an insight into what has been occurring within the organisation and more specifically the position and area you are seeking to join.

Has the role become available due to growth? This is generally a great sign as it shows that the organisation is on the move.

Did the previous incumbent resign? If so, this is a sign to probe a bit deeper as all may not be well either within the organisation or the role itself.

Has the role become available due to a restructure? If so, this could also be a concern as if you are successful in the role, the next restructure could impact you – be it good, bad or indifferent – make sure you understand why this restructure has occurred and the future outlook if this is the reason why the position you have applied for has become vacant.

Is the role a new role? This may give you an opportunity to really stamp your mark.

Question 2: How will my performance be assessed in this position?

 This is an important question and it is equally important you understand and are comfortable with the answer. Will your role and happiness be dependent upon the achievement of KPIs if so, what are those KPIs and how achievable will they be? When is your performance assessed and how frequently will you receive feedback on your performance? Who assesses your performance?

All of this information is critical for you to be able to make an informed decision on whether this role is going to meet and satisfy your own individual circumstances and requirements.

Question 3: What will success look like in this role?

 This is an excellent question as good organisations with a very clear vision should be able to very easily and clearly articulate a response to this question and explain to you how this particular role fits in to the overall business and its objectives. If an organisation hesitates this is a sign that they haven’t fully thought through the position and its purpose – what will this mean for you if you are successful in gaining the position? What will it mean if you are doing a great job? Will you receive a bonus arrangement? Or will your efforts be ignored?

As you can now see, not only will these questions position you positively in the recruitment process, the responses to them will provide you with information to assist you in determining whether it is actually a job or organisation you really want to work for.