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Asking Questions During an Interview: Why Is It Important?

You've probably heard that in every interview, you should ask questions. But does it make a difference? What if you don't ask any questions throughout your interview? In this article, we'll discuss why it matters to ask questions during your interview, and then we'll show how to prepare to ask them!
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The UK Careers Fair
Editorial Team
Published on
September 27, 2022

You've probably heard that in every interview, you should ask questions. But does it make a difference? What if you don't ask any questions throughout your interview?

In this article, we'll discuss why it matters to ask questions during your interview, and then we'll show how to prepare to ask them!

Why Should You Ask Questions

You'll profit from asking questions for many reasons, including the following:

  • Job Interest

Expect hiring managers to wrap up an interview by asking if you have any questions. Candidates' queries aid managers in determining an applicant's interest in an open post. If you don't ask questions when given a chance, you risk appearing uninterested in the job and the company. If the manager believes you lack excitement and motivation, your apparent lack of interest could cost you the position.

  • Fitting In

In addition, asking inquiries shows how well you might fit in at a company. Interviewers, for example, assess whether your queries show that you are familiar with the company's operations. Your enquiries also tell whether you are a good fit for the field in which you might work. Someone looking for a job as a project manager, for example, can ask about the company's recent projects, teamwork, and deadline expectations.

  • Supervisory Evaluation

The questions you ask your future bosses might reveal a lot about how they function. Inquiring about the clients that supervisors deal with regularly will help you decide if they professionally speak about others. Please pay attention to managers who spend a lot of time highlighting their accomplishments when answering inquiries. Such comments may indicate that they aren't team players who value their subordinates' contributions.

  • Organizational Culture

Keep an eye out for interviewers who don't directly address your inquiries. Evasive responses could indicate a lack of communication and supervision within the organization, which would continue if they hired you. When bosses and other staff answer your inquiries about their organization, look for a positive attitude. A lack of enthusiasm could indicate a low level of morale in the workplace.

How to Prepare

Three aspects of your preparation procedure are as follows:

  • Outline Your Questions

Consider preparing up to ten questions because the hiring manager will cover a lot of ground in the interview—and may unintentionally answer the questions you intend to ask. You might wish to jot down your questions in a notepad or portfolio to bring with you to the interview. When the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions?" refer to this list and choose two or three questions that they didn't cover previously in the interview. Choose questions that show you were attentive and attentive and those that will assist you in learning more about the job.

  • Conduct a Background Check on the Company

Researching the firm is a quick and easy approach to learn about its history, mission, and values. Browsing the company's website is an excellent place to start. You can also look for the latest news stories on the internet. Make use of the facts you discover to help you formulate your inquiries. Because it demonstrates that you took the time to study the firm and industry, your initiative will be well-received.

  • Rehearse

Consider the interview as a dialogue between you and the recruiting manager. Practising your questions ahead of time will help you feel more at ease and enhance your confidence on the day of the interview. Spend some time in a quiet location practising your questions aloud, perhaps in front of a mirror or with a friend or family member.

Are You Looking For a New Job in the UK?

Candidates of different backgrounds, experiences, and educational levels will be able to talk with representatives from various local firms at the Aberdeen Careers Fair, held on October 13, 2021, in Pittodrie Stadium.

This careers fair will be an excellent opportunity to build your career and grow your network. Save the date, and we’ll see you there!

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