Well done, you’ve reached the interview stage of your job application. You’ve been preparing for tough questions, mastered the STAR technique, and know your CV back to front. You feel really prepared for your interview. However, just when you are about to breathe a sigh of relief that the interview has come to a close, the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions?”
It may be a simple question but it can easily catch you off guard.
We’re here to help with a selection of questions you can ask to impress your interviewer and discover important information about your potential new job.
1. “Why do you like working for this company?”
This is a great way to have a more personal discussion with the interviewer, showing interest in their views and allowing them to talk. It is also a good way to find out if the company is the type of place where you would want to work. They may not start listing all the toxic habits in the workplace, but they may really struggle to say anything positive. Tumbleweed is a bad sign. However, if the interviewer looks enthusiastic and can talk with ease about their job and the company then that is a good sign.
2. “How would you describe the company culture?”
An alternative to the first question is to try and find out directly about the working culture. It is great to show that you care about healthy work environments and suggests to the interviewer that you will be practising positive workplace behaviour.
It can also help you decide whether the role is right for you. A workplace that is busy and fast-paced may not be what you’re after and that’s completely fine, but better to know before you start working there!
3. “What learning opportunities are available?”
Enquiring about opportunities for growth and development shows the interviewer that you're committed to a future with the organisation. It also shows that you take your career and potential seriously and that you will be a star asset for them on their team. On your end, it is important to know what the company can offer you as much as showing off what you can offer them.
4. “Where do you think the company is headed in the next five years?”
The response will demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the Financial Services sector. It shows that you value high performance, sending out indicators that you are a high-performing worker. This will also give the interviewer a chance to give you a head’s up on interesting upcoming projects you could get involved in. The interviewer's answer may suggest certain things about the company’s likely progression and your likely job security.
5. “Can you tell me more about the team I would be working with?”
This question shows that you have basic knowledge of the structure of the company, demonstrating you have done your homework before the interview. However, it also shows that you are serious about the role and the work you will be doing.
You may even want to hone in on a specific aspect of the team:
This may also give you a final chance to mention any experience or success you've had working in similar ways to the team- to leave the interviewer thinking about just how well you’d fit in!