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You Get 2 Minutes to ask Questions at Interview End But - What Killer Questions Should You Ask in 2017?

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 8:20 AM


This is the ultimate killer question for you to prepare for at the end of an interview, because it could be the difference between securing the role or not. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it is absolutely essential to say YES and ask some worthwhile, well researched questions.

If you don’t ask any questions, this illustrates that you don’t want to know anything else about the business and you’re not interested enough to carry on the conversation. So ahead of the interview think about what you want to ask and use it to your advantage.

Here are some good ones to consider:

  1. "If you (CEO / MD / Manager) were to name the three most important priorities for this role / the successful candidate is to achieve in the first six months, what would they be?”
  2. “And how would they be measured – what would a successful outcome look like?

These last few minutes at interview are your “Closer”. Use this time to sell yourself and why you’re the perfect person for the role.

So for example, if you know the business has just launched a new product, show you’ve done your research – Ask about it.

And if you’re feeling particularly confident, ask straight out what they thought of you and if they have any reservations about hiring you.

This way, you can gauge their reaction and perhaps overcome any assumptions they may have made incorrectly.

But let’s not forget that first you have to get the right interviews (and that's all about having an outstanding CV)!

So firslty ask yourself "am I currenlty in the best possible role, with a dynamic employer who rewards me with a great salary and bonus scheme"

In short - Could YOU DO BETTER (especially if you have not had a fair pay rise)?

We strongly recommend you at least test your value in the currently market place with a few prospective job applications. With some planning and preperation you will be suprised at how straight forward this can be (message me and ask how). 

Make 2017 the time you take action. Get your CV optimised to target the next step of your career and perhaps ask a professional about how to prepare for interviews. 

And if you think these questions are helpful, imagine the difference we could make to you or some one in your network who wants to move roles. We can advise on optimising your professional CV so it puts you on the right short lists.

I hope this helps and please do get in touch via LinkedIn or the contact page on this web site for speciic advice on a key career move.

John Hodgkinson

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