5 questions to ask by the end of an interview

If you think asking questions during an interview is a waste of time, you need to think again. Asking your hirers thoughtful, well-rehearsed questions serves several purposes. It shows you have researched the company and position well. It can leave a lasting impression and even change interview dynamics. It allows you to assess the value…

If you think asking questions during an interview is a waste of time, you need to think again.

Asking your hirers thoughtful, well-rehearsed questions serves several purposes.

  • It shows you have researched the company and position well.
  • It can leave a lasting impression and even change interview dynamics.
  • It allows you to assess the value of your potential employer.

After all, an interview is a two-way street. You are checking out the company just as thoroughly as they are investigating you.

Rehearse at least five questions to ask during your interview for a retail job. But bear in mind that some of the ground may end up being covered during the course of the interview, before you get the chance to ask!

  1. What would I be expected to do in a typical day?

This allows you to find out more about the specific requirements of the role. It will alert you to any tasks or expectations you weren’t aware of. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate to your interviewer why you would be particularly good at key aspects of the job.

  1. What qualities would the candidate need to shine in this position?

Again, this gives you the opportunity to show the hirer why you would be an especially good fit for the role. If the position demands someone with immaculate accuracy, you can say that your exceptional book-keeping skills mean you’re great with figures as well as comfortable talking to a wide range of people.

  1. How do you see this job changing over time?

The answer to this question can tell you several things. Depending on the detail:

  • The job is pretty set and won’t change much.
  • Big changes are in the air during next year’s restructure.
  • There’s a nice career path leading to retail management.
  • They haven’t thought much about the job or simply don’t know yet.

 

  1. What plans do you have for the company over the next few years?

It’s always good to take a sneak peek at the future. Depending on the response, you may come away from the interview filled with excitement about possibilities – or with the distinct feeling that this company isn’t the right fit for you. Maybe a big merger on the horizon could make or break the role.

  1. What is the single best thing a candidate could offer this department?

Asking this shows you’re thinking about the position and how you could best fill it. The answer could also reveal more about what they’re really looking for in a candidate.

If the reply is “someone with exceptional drive to transform the team”, you know it’s time to spruik your leadership qualities. On the other hand, if they say “someone who’ll feel their way and collaborate extensively”, talk about your strong collaborative skills and give an example of your great teamwork.

Be attentive during your retail job interview and thoughtful in your questioning. If you’re currently job hunting, please get in touch to discuss your situation and learn more about our current job opportunities.