When it comes to ‘any questions’ it always has to be ‘yes.’
It’s one of the most common interview questions anyone can be asked. Let’s look at how a bit of preparation can go a long way.
Jordan Ball, Senior Industrial Recruitment Consultant shares the worst place you can approach, “I have had feedback many times from employers who say that a person has a great skill set, but just lacked initiative. A response of ‘no, I think you’ve answered everything,’ is not going to help you. This is a place in the interview to show your interest and curiosity.”
Kimberley Best, Recruitment Consultant, shares how she works on this question with candidates, “Whilst industries are different, it’s a question that will be asked. I work with my candidates on this specific question, but if you are not with a consultant, get a friend or family member to ask you and practice what starts as feeling slightly uneasy. Perhaps you’d like to know the main challenges of the job or if it’s with the HR team, or the department you’ll be working in. It’s a way to show your worth and present yourself in a positive light.”
Rachel Syms, Commercial Manager, states that the interview can’t just be one way. An interviewer could also be feeling slightly apprehensive if they realise it’s just question after question from their side.
Rachel says, “Rapport means a lot. Everything flows and feels much easier for both sides when a conversation starts to happen. I’d say go in prepared but listen to prompts that can back up what you want to answer. I don’t mean you are waiting to ask ‘who started the business,’ but remember the role you are applying for and to make sure it’s right for you. It’s got to be open-ended questions. For instance, if it’s a sales role, ask how the sales plan works for the company. Remember it’s also a way to learn about the practices of others. It’s not just to fill gaps with pre-prepared questions.”
There is a well of information to tap into that can help you structure. Look at LinkedIn company posts for recent activity, study the job spec and think about the information gaps that would put you more at ease.
It can be tempting in an interview to say that everything has been covered, but it’s the point to share your aptitude and be open about your interest in a new company. Take time to think about your responses and practice so it feels natural. You’ll be glad you put some time in to have what can become a meaningful and deeper conversation.