Interviews are a two-way process: a chance for the interviewer to ask questions all about you and your experience, but also your opportunity to find out if this is an organisation you would want to work for.
One way to up your chances of securing that amazing new job is by asking the right interview questions! This demonstrates your genuine interest in the company and can often confirm your qualifications as a good candidate for the job. So, when the obligatory “do you have any questions?” rears its head at the end of an interview, don’t be left scratching yours! Do you research beforehand, jot down any budding questions in a notebook and confidently ask away.
Here’s a few smart questions to get you one step closer to interview success…
This shows you’re interested in the business as a whole, not just your own situation/job. Depending on what they’ve already told you (and what you’ve already discovered from their website), you could always focus a specific area, such as:
This is a great to chance to find out who you’ll be working in close proximity to, on a daily basis. Good colleagues really can make a job! This will also give you an idea of the M&E team size and structure too – you could ask how many M&E project engineers, designers or quantity surveyors work for the company.
Ask the interviewer to describe a typical day in the job and your responsibilities. This will allow you to fully understand the position and what’s expected of you – that way they’ll be no crossed wires, or unexpected surprises, if you end up being offered the job.
A need to know question, which also shows you’re keen to expand your knowledge and ultimately grow with the employer. If you have specific qualifications in mind, such as: APMP, HNC Engineering or BIM training, that you’d like to be supported for, ask what courses other members of the team are currently doing.
This shows you appreciate the importance of delivering real results in the M&E construction industry and understand the value of commitment, reliability and returns.
It’s worth finding out how this job fits into the company’s long-term plans, especially if you are looking for a defined career path. Being ambitious, with a drive and desire to progress within the company, is admirable. And if there isn’t room to step up, you’ll need to consider your options.
The perfect question to tie up the interview and one you should 100% ask if you want to secure the job! This shows your forward thinking and keen to move along in the interview process. You may also find out how many other people are in the running for the position and timescales for second interviews etc.
This show you’re confident with a keen interest in the guts of the role. It will also give you a good idea of the level of M&E projects the company is working on. Feel free to ask about typical M&E project values, sectors and services installed.
Taking it to a personal level will encourage the interviewer to fess up about his or her feelings and possibly give a unique insight into satisfaction levels. If they easily roll off a list of positives, it’s a good sign! However, if it’s a struggle and their body language closes down, this could be a red flag!
Do your research and show off your interest and knowledge in the construction industry the company operates in. Obviously your question will be relevant to the individual organisation, so could be related to mergers, losses, recent project wins, awards etc.
The fact you are already looking at the broader goals of the department and wider company show you have fantastic leadership skills and are also keen to be part of the M&E team from day one.
This ballsy question shows you are open to taking constructive criticism on the chin, whilst also using every opportunity as a chance to learn and develop. It also gives you, perhaps a last attempt, to quash any doubts the interviewee may have about you, confidently address weaknesses and end the interview on high – by highlighting exactly why you believe you’re the right person for the job.