5 Key Questions to Ask in an Interview

Louise Langridge 02.05.2018

Interview preparation is the key to making a lasting impression with any potential future employer and having some targeted and intelligent questions prepared will help demonstrate your interest and suitability for the role.

We are now well into the last quarter of the year and time is running out for professionals to secure a new role before the market moves into a quieter period over Christmas and the New Year.

The feedback from candidates has been very positive on the launch of our new Morgan McKinley Australia website and the additional interview preparation tips that are on the site have proved useful for those interviewing in the current market. 
Here are 5 key questions to ask in an interview:

1) What do you see as the greatest challenge for the person coming into this role?
- This gives you a chance to find out the areas that can add the most value in this role and if they play to your strengths.  Don’t be afraid to back this up with an example to show that you have dealt with issues like these in the past and have made a success of them.

2) How will my performance be measured?
- This will provide you with a clear understanding of what will be expected of you, how you will be measured and gives you a level of comfort that you are on track to achieve your full bonus at the end of the year.

3) What did you do before this role?
- Often you will know the answer to this based on previous research but it can give you the opportunity to build rapport particularly if you share similar backgrounds. It can also open discussions on future career paths.  

4) What do you see as the main skills needed to be successful in this role?
- If you can, try and get this one in at an early stage of the interview to give you the rest of the interview to highlight your relevant experience and the value you can bring to the role.

5) What do you enjoy most about the company culture?
- This will provide you with some good insight into what is keeping your future manager in their role, and potentially highlight other important information pertaining to the team, environment, benefits and learning & development opportunities.

Remember at the end of the interview, you have the floor, take the opportunity to ask questions that will aid your decision making process to see if the job is the right one for you whilst illustrating your market knowledge and the extra value that you can bring to the role.  

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APAC Regional Managing Director