Questions to ask a potential employer

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Kevin Booth Manufacturing and Engineering, Engineering, Permanent...

Questions to ask a potential employer

Whether you are applying for a new job or seeking advancement in a current one, it is vital you do your due diligence and find out as much as you can about the role and its requirements. The best candidates prepare for their interview be researching questions they can ask their potential employer.

Asking well-considered, pertinent questions shows you have genuine interest in the job, that you want to develop a deeper understanding of your responsibilities in the company and that you have the confidence to take the lead in the interview when you are given the opportunity. A potential employee that has made an effort to prepare and shows enthusiasm will stick in the minds of the decision makers for all the right reasons.

In order to help you in your next interview, we have included what we believe to be the best 5 questions to ask your potential employer. Remember to focus on asking open ended questions that lead into dialogue and an opportunity to show what you know and gain additional insight into your employers.

  1. Is there anything else you can tell me about the day-today responsibilities of the role?

By asking this question, you can develop a deeper understanding of your potential new role and show your interest in the position.

  1. What would you consider to be an impressive first few months from someone new to your company?

This question provides you with the opportunity to see what it really takes, beyond fulfilling the job, to impress your employers and also suggests to them that you are someone willing to go above and beyond basic expectations.

  1. Where do you think the company will be in the next 3 years?

A simple question that subconsciously suggests that you intend to stay with the company and that you have interest in the future of the company. If you can encourage your employers to talk, you will glean information not commonly known that you can use to your advantage.

  1. Can you describe a typical day around here?

This allows you to politely get a feel for the culture of the workplace; is it laid back, strict, professional? Are there regular meetings, intense supervision etc. This question will help you better understand the short-term expectations of your role.

  1. What do you enjoy about your job?

People like to talk about themselves and expressing interest in your interviewer is an excellent way to learn more about your employer, turn the interview around and show you have initiative.

When applying for a specific role with specific skill requirements, it is important to consider tailoring your questions to make them appropriate for that industry. We have included some here to give you a head start over your competition.

Manufacturing:

  1. Will there be room here to develop and grow my skillset?
  2. Are there opportunities for advancement and if so, what is required?
  3. Where do you see this company in 3 years?
  4. What changes to do expect in the next few months that might affect the workplace? 
  5. What did you enjoy most about your last position here?        

Sales and Marketing:

  1. How do you deal with external sales reps?
  2. What training do you offer for new hires looking to develop?
  3. What challenges are ahead for this business?
  4. How do you measure success here?
  5. What sales tools do you use and how can I become more familiar with them?

Whatever the industry you are looking to enter, www.coopergolding.co.uk can offer guidance and assistance for all your recruitment needs whether you are an employer or an employee. Contact us for further information on 01271 349 745