It’s really tricky as a candidate to know if a company is really for you. During the hiring process, the company will present their best side to you – their employer brand. You don’t really get a chance to test them out as an employer. Yet changing job is a huge commitment, both personally and professionally. With office support jobs in London, you often have the choice of doing the same job for various different employers. So, how can you tell, before you accept the job, if the company is right for you?
At the end of an interview, you will be asked if there are any questions you have. Use this time to ask the most insightful questions. Here we use our experience to help you ask the right questions to ensure the job is right for you.
1. What are the primary skills needed in this role?
Ask this question to gain clarity to your understanding of the role. It’s easy to make assumptions with office support jobs, but to check this role will suit you, you need to know the headline skills. We all have our least favourable skills, even if we can technically do the task. For example, if it turns out that a huge part of the role is data entry when you prefer something else, then it’s a great way to find out.
2. How do you onboard new starters?
Asking this question gives you a window into what your work life will be like in the first days, weeks and months. It shows that you are serious about the job too. The answer to this question should involve a mixture of how they assimilate you to the team and organisation, but also what tasks and projects they have lined up for the person moving into the role. You can use their answer to see if it appeals to you.
3. What is your staff turnover rate?
This is a bold question but one that reputable employers should be happy and willing to answer. It’s worth asking for the retention rate for the business as a whole but also, if possible, the department you will work in. It shows if people like working for the employer and tend to stick with them.
4. What do you like and dislike about working for this employer?
Asking the interviewer about their personal experience gives you information from someone who is there on the ground. Of course, expect a somewhat salesy answer, but you should, nonetheless, be able to read between the lines and learn more about what the employer is like.
5. Do you see me as a good fit for this role and why?
If you feel that the interview has been progressing well, it can be useful to ask this direct question. It is an opportunity for the hiring manager to mirror back why they think you are a suitable candidate. This allows you to gain insight into whether that matches who you really are and how you plan to work.
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