Our Guide to Acing the Most Common Interview Question

 

When you enter a job interview there is one question which is pretty much a given no matter what field you’re in, or what position you’re interviewing for.

Do you have any questions for us?

This is the number one question asked by interviewers each and every time. Why? This question gives the interviewer an insight into what your key priorities are.

You should never tell the interviewer you don’t have any questions, or that they’ve already been answered during the course of the interview. This makes you look complacent, or worse, not interested in the position on offer. 

You should use this question as an opportunity to sell yourself. Ask the right questions; questions which really gauge what the job entails and if it’s right for you while also allowing you to show the interviewer you’re the perfect candidate.

How to Tackle this Question

Some questions which can help achieve the desired effect include:

1. What exactly is the immediate need you are trying to fill on your team by offering this position?

This one is great for almost any scenario as it prompts the interviewer to pin-point exactly what skill-set they are looking for, or area of specialty they require experience within. This then allows you to segue into why you are the perfect candidate for the position and how your experience, knowledge and skills are exactly what they need to fill their skills gap.

2. How would you describe a regular day on this team?

This is a wonderfully reliable question which acts to simply create some banter while giving you an insight into what to expect if you were to work for the business. You should be able to glean some information about the work culture, expectations of management and day to day going-ons.

Don’t forget to sell yourself here too. If the interviewer touches on any issues or frustrations such as workload, let them know how you could be of help to alleviate some of the pressures. On the other hand, if they are nothing but positive about the day-to-day, then let your excitement to contribute to the team shine through and let them know the work environment sounds like a good fit.

3. What projects can I get started on as soon as I start?

This shows you’re a go-getter, ready to help and that you have confidence in your abilities. This makes a great impression on the interviewer as one of the biggest concerns for businesses is how long it will take to get new staff trained up and working efficiently.

An added bonus is this question often leads to the interviewer outlining what skills you will need to improve upon or acquire before you can move onto the next interview stage (or if you even qualify to move on).