Career Advice – Questions to ask to get the job

15 October 2015 Joanna Byerley

A few weeks ago we shared with you some of the wisdom we’ve picked up over the years we’ve been in the Market Research Recruitment Industry, about what questions NOT to ask at interview. Well, this week, as promised, we are going to cover the questions TO ask at interview. Hopefully they will be the questions to get you one of those perfect Market Research jobs!

Asking planned and well thought out questions at the end of the interview will make sure that you are remembered favourably by the interviewer. Make sure you adopt a positive attitude and ask the questions with the right tone, and that you actually ask the questions to which you’d genuinely like to know the answer! The interview is a two-way process – you want to find out if the employer/role is the right fit for you as much as they do. So, as well as being positive, make sure you seem keen and interested in the employer/job and that the interviewer has no reservations about you.

From our list of top ten questions to ask at an interview, pick five to ask, with a view to asking actually about three in the interview. Essentially, have an extra couple up your sleeve in case you cover some of your planned questions in the rest of the interview. Always be prepared! Here are our suggestions!

1. What are the most significant challenges you think your organisation will face in the future?

Asking this question will make you seem interested in both the organisation and the job. It might be worth considering what you think the challenges would be in case the question is turned back to you after they’ve answered!

2. How would you describe the work culture here?

It is totally legitimate to want to know what the work environment will be like, so if this is something that really matters to you, this is a great question to ask.

 3. What are the most rewarding and least rewarding aspects of the role?  

This question may give you the best sort of insight into what you might be expected to be doing on a day-to-day basis including the highs and lows of the job.

4. What training do you offer?

This is always an excellent question to ask, as it makes you seem keen to further your skills, which will in turn benefit the organisation.

5. What is the most important thing I could accomplish in the first three months of doing the job? 

Another brilliant question to ask. Interviewers like to employ a candidate who is keen to start achieving straight away.

6. How is performance measured and reviewed? 

An entirely valid question which may answer some of the questions that you don’t necessarily want to ask e.g. how might a bonus system work etc.

7. Is there the opportunity for promotion in the future? 

When we wrote about ‘questions not to ask at interview’ a few weeks ago we included this question as we think it can make you seem like you just want to get a foot in the door. However, if asked well, highlighting the ‘in the future’ bit, it can be a good question to pose.

8. Are there any other questions I can answer for you? 

By asking this, it will make you seem open and relaxed, and you might give the interviewers the opportunity to ask something that is a little bit more related to you specifically. Perhaps something about one of your hobbies or any voluntary work you’ve undertaken.

9. May I tell you a little bit more about…? 

If there’s something burning you want to tell them that you haven’t managed to cover in the rest of the interview, well then, now’s your chance (just make sure it is relevant!)

10. What’s the next step in the recruitment process?

It’s really useful to get an idea of whether there will be more rounds of interviews, and what form/s they might take, and its helpful to get an idea of a vague timeline about the rest of the recruitment process. We usually have a good idea at Research Talent Hub, but sometimes interviewers can change their minds on the day depending on who’ve they’ve seen. This is usually a good question to end with, as it does naturally, usually end the interview – so make sure you’re done!

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