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  • Top 8 Interview questions a candidate can ask

    Posted: February 15th, 2016
    Category: Recruitment

    ​​​Given our wealth of experience in recruiting and interviewing potential candidates for clients, we firmly believe there’s no doubt that candidates who ask great interview questions have a higher success rate of securing that dream job than those that do not. Here are our top eight interview questions but are there any you would add from your own experience?


    1. What position/role will I fill?
    This may sound obvious but actually it is not always clear cut. This could be a brand new position but more often than not you are filling a gap in the team. Is this company hoping for a creative ideas person, a game changer or a rule follower. Will you be mentoring or will you be mentored?

    Naturally, we will be instrumental in giving you the detailed background to the role we are recruiting for, but there is a great opportunity for you to get to the specifics of what your position is supposed to be, within the interview itself.

    2. Why does this role matter to the growth of the company?
    Use this question to explore the expected level of engagement. Will you be leading from the front or bringing up the rear guard?

    3. Who is in my team?
    The best interviews include three to four team members. If that is not the case in your interview, use this question to gain insight into team dynamics and personalities.

    4. What would I be doing in my job that will benefit the whole team?
    By asking this question you will find out to whom you have the greatest responsibility to and what you will need to do to keep the other team members on board. Each team member will see your role as fulfilling the areas they need resourcing.

    5. What are additional important skills I will need to do this job well?
    What are the soft skills needed for this particular job? ​Find out if the company needs someone who is also a self-starter or works well in teams or a little of both. This is also an excellent time to bring up any additional skills you have that are appropriate for position.​

    6. How does the company measure success?
    Identifying how your progress in this position will be measured will give you a better idea of whether or not you will be successful. Get specifics on what your deliverables will be per project.   If applicable, ask about common work habits of people who have had this position in the past whom the company considered successful and worked well.

    7. What would you expect from me when I start, in 6 months, in one year?
    It’s clever to find out what you will need to deliver in the next coming months. The likelihood is that your employer has a trajectory for your role in mind so it is important to ascertain this, if possible, from the offset.

    8. What is your mission?
    This is a key question in our opinion. Research shows that employees are most happy when their goals align with those of their employers. Also, whilst you will be able to find a company mission statement on the company website, what it means and how it relates to each interviewer differs so it is an important one to ask.

    Despite the different interviews stages you might go through within the same company, if you meet different managers ask your questions again as you will get different responses from different people. If your potential company asks you if you have any further questions for them, make sure you do.

    If you need any advice or need more information call us on 01279 713900 or visit www.thcrecruitment.co.uk.

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