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Interviewers – what should you ask them?

Good job interview technique isn't just about having all the answers. You also need to be ready with some questions.

"Is there anything you'd like to ask us?" It's the standard conclusion to a job interview, but what exactly do you ask? It's not just about finding out if the job is right for you. It's also about impressing your prospective employer by showing interest and initiative.

Here are six key questions to ask. And remember, a job interview should flow like a natural conversation and so there's no need to save all of them for the end.

1. What are the most rewarding and the most challenging aspects of the role?

As well as giving you more insight into the role, this also shows you're realistic and understand that every job has its 'ups and downs'. It also shows that, while you're not afraid of a challenge, you like to be prepared for it.

2. What do you see as your team's biggest challenge in the future?

This demonstrates that you think strategically. It also confirms your longer-term commitment to the role, especially if you are working in a specialist area of nursing or allied health, where managing changes in practice is very much part of the job. 

3. What opportunities will there be for training and personal development?

The interviewer will see that you're someone who is willing to learn, and to take on new challenges and responsibilities. It's also good for you to know what the opportunities are for career advancement.

4. How will my performance be measured?

It's important to know what's expected of you. It's also a chance to show you are comfortable with goals and targets, and would respond positively to personal appraisals.

5. What is the working culture like and how would you describe the team dynamics?

This might well already have been covered, but it’s an important question to ask. This will help you understand if this is the kind of place you'd like to work. It also shows you're a team player and would find the best way of working productively with your new colleagues.

7. What's the next step?

Whilst your Sanctuary Health consultant will keep you fully updated on the outcome of your interview, it’s ok to ask what the next steps are. For example, when are you likely to hear from them? Will there be a second interview? This shows you're enthusiastic to win the post and that you follow things through.

One final tip: try to relate some of your questions back to things you're told or asked during the interview. It shows you've been listening and that you have a genuine interest in succeeding in the role.

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