About David Potter: Head of Permanent Search (Europe), David, works exclusively within the Life Sciences industry.
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An interview should always be a two way discussion allowing the interviewer to gauge your suitability for the business but at the same time, as a candidate, you must be able to learn more about the opportunity and whether it is the right fit for you.
Asking intelligent questions is a useful and important way to help you understand and visualise the opportunity. Furthermore, it allows you to demonstrate you are engaged and that you have done your own homework.
Do – research the company and role thoroughly so that you can ask more educated and effective questions
Do – keep them relevant for the interviewer (don’t ask overly technical questions in an HR interview)
Do – make a written list of your questions (c.10 is an advised amount) to ensure none are forgotten whilst in the heat of an interview
Don’t – ask things that can be easily found on the website or through a quick google!
Don’t – ask about salary, unless it is brought up. This is something you should discuss with your recruiter
Breaking them down into categories can be helpful. The examples below have been split into: Company based, Position based and Personal Development
How to close an interview
The target of an interview is always to either progress to the next stage or ideally, be positioned to receive an offer.
Don’t be afraid to close an interview with three simple questions to help achieve these objectives:
Closing off an interview in this manner offers you the chance to:
By David Potter