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What to Ask in an Interview

By: Emma Eilbeck BA (hons) - Updated: 12 May 2012 | comments*Discuss
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This is your chance to put forward any questions that you might have relating to the job. Usually it is best to ask your questions at the end of the interview, this way you will not put the interviewer off course or bombard them in any way.

You should never finish an interview without asking any interview questions yourself, think of some back-up questions, just in case your interviewer goes through everything you wanted to know about the firm.

It is always worth asking what happened to the person who was doing the job before you, remember, you also need to be sure that you are right for the job, so don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.

Alarm bells should start ringing if you find out that the person who had the job previously, was only in it for a short time. If this is the case then you should ask why it was they left.

Another good question is to ask how big the team you will be working with is, and what future chances there will be for you to progress in future.

Interview Preparation

Depending on which type of property job you want to go into, you should ask about what type of training they will provide you with. If you are a graduate, then the property market in some ways is your oyster, so you need to make sure that you are getting a good deal, as well as them.

It may be that one firm that is offering you a job is able to offer you a better training package than another, so make sure you don’t settle for second best. You should always do your interview preparation and make sure you know what you want from the job interview before attending.

What Not to Ask

Remember that although you should ask a lot of interview questions, you do not want to ask just random questions.A big mistake is to ask what the company does, you should already know this before the interview, so may look foolish and unprepared if you have to then ask it again. You could however look up details about the firm and ask about one specific project the firm has worked on, an show that you have done your homework.

It is normally a question on everyone’s lips, but try and avoid asking about holiday and pay too much. Although these are important factors when considering whether to take a job or not, you should wait and only ask them once you have been offered the job. It can be a bit off putting for an employer to hear you asking those questions, as it looks like you are thinking about time off already.

Finishing the Interview Questions

Potential employers will normally ask you if you have any further questions before they rap up the interview questions. You should use this advantage and turn it around and ask them if they have seen anything about you that makes them think you wouldn’t be suitable for the job.

This way you have chance to argue you way out of anything that they may think is wrong with you from the interview questions you have been asked. This also means that they will not be left wondering about anything that they thought was wrong with you.

You should always remember that it is a job interview for the employer, just as much as it is a job interview for you. This doesn’t mean that you need to ask a million questions, just make sure you are making the right choice. The world of property can be a competitive one, but there is also competition among employers, so make sure you make them sell themselves to you as much as you are to them.

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