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So you have made it to the interview stage. You’ve prepared and researched the role and company. You have practiced your interview technique. The interview goes well and it comes to that dreaded ‘do you have any questions’ phase.
You want to stand out and demonstrate that you are really interested in the apprenticeship but also want to make sure the role is a good fit for you. If you ask the right questions then the role could be yours.
Here is a selection of our recommended questions to ask at the end of an interview:
Please can you tell me what to expect on a typical day in the role?
This is your chance to really find out about the role so you can get a feel for if the apprenticeship is for you.
Are there any challenges with this role?
By asking this question you will know what challenges you will be facing if successful. Every role has its own challenges; so knowing them beforehand will give you the chance to be prepared or to consider whether the challenges are within your capabilities.
What do you like about working for this company?
It’s always good to see what other people value or think of the business they work for. What they value or like may match what you are looking for in a role or company to work for.
What is the company culture like?
Is it supportive, creative or complicated? By asking this question you will gain an understanding on how the business functions, how they support staff, their values and a bit of background on what the company is generally like.
Is there the opportunity to develop within the company once the apprenticeship has ended?
This shows you are looking long term and want to add value to the organisation as well as further your career. Commitment to a role could be a vital feature an employer could be looking for, so an interest in development and learning could be key.
What are the next steps? When do you think you will be making a decision?
This question lets the employer know that you are genuinely interested in the role. It also provides you with a timeframe on hearing back. There is nothing worse than being left for days/weeks without knowing when or if you will be contacted.
May I take your business card?
Ask the interviewer for a business card – you can then send them a thank you note or just to keep their details for the future.
At TXM Academy we will help you with every step of the application process. If you have a question at any time or would like additional help preparing then please get in touch. You can call us on 0845 226 3454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.