Daily Mail: six questions you should ALWAYS ask at a job interview - Michelle Gibbings

In this article by Emilia Mazza, the Daily Mail Australia spoke to Michelle about the six questions you should ALWAYS ask at a job interview.

Asking questions at the end of an interview can be daunting but done the right way could mean you end up a happier employee.

Australian careers coach, Michelle Gibbings, says there are two reasons to ask questions during an interview: one is this gives you an opportunity to show you’ve prepared and two is to determine if the job is the best fit for you.

Not only that, research shows people who ask follow-up questions tend to be better liked, a factor which may help you land a job you really want.

Here, the expert shares six questions you need to ask at the end of a job interview and her best advice for impressing a potential new boss.

What do you see as being the essential attributes for being successful in the role?

Asking this question allows you to gain some insight as to how your skill set may be a fit for the position you are a interviewing for.

‘It gives you an understanding as to what your potential boss sees as critical for success in the role,’ the expert said.

‘It allows you to see what matters to them and helps you decide if your working style matches their expectations.

And she added: ‘It also shows that you are focused on being successful in the role.’

Where are the biggest opportunities to make a difference?

Asking this question is a particularly good way for you to demonstrate you are keen and that you are focused on value, the careers mentor explained.

And it also shows you’re not just invested in what the job can do for you, but what you can bring to the job.

‘It doesn’t just show you want the job, but that you really want to make sure you are delivering and adding value,’ Michelle said.

What are the biggest challenges your team is currently facing?

While it might feel a little uncomfortable asking this, the question shows you’re thinking about the role more broadly.

The answer you are given can help you understand how the organisation is performing and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next few months.

‘It’s best to go in with your eyes wide open,’ said Michelle, ‘and if the area is struggling, it is good to know before you accept the role.

What are the top KPIs (key performance indicators) for this role?

In simple terms, KPIs provide a way to measure how well a company, department or individuals is performing in relation to their strategic goals and objectives.

Asking for this information at an interview give you clarity on exactly what will be expected of you in the role,’ the expert said.

‘This can be a warning sign too, as it may mean what you think the role is about, is different from the reality on the ground.’

How would you characterise the team’s/organisation’s culture?

So much of our enjoyment and fulfilment at work is generated by the working environment – so having some insight into the culture of a workplace is important.

‘You want to ensure you are going to be working in an environment that brings you the best in you,’ Michelle said.

‘So while your potential employer isn’t likely to tell you anything overly negative, you will be able to get some understanding of the culture by what they say, and don’t say.’

What is your vision for the team/organisation and what part does this role play in helping bring that to life?

It helps to have an understanding about the team or organisation’s vision and goals, said the expert.

When a leader articulates a powerful and compelling vision, it can be a great incentive to want to work for the organisation.

On the flip side, if a potential boss is struggling to articulate a vision, that can shed light on the type of leader they are.

‘The more you understand what the organisation is about, and how this role fits into the bigger picture, the better placed you’ll be to decide if the job is the right next step for your career,’ she concluded.