It’s no secret that nowadays people want more from their jobs. It’s no longer enough to simply go in, earn money and leave, employees are seeking more fulfilment and money from their roles. As a result, we saw a record-breaking number of employees quit their jobs in 2021. If you’re one of the 4.4 million people looking to quit, here are five questions you can ask your next interviewer to help you land your dream role.
1. How is My Safety and Wellbeing Protected?
Not only is this referring to mental health at work schemes or office parties, but this question will also help you understand how seriously a business takes health and safety.
For manual labour jobs, asking this question will let you know if they provide adequate personal protective equipment on the job. If not, it’s best to steer clear or you may end up as one of the 441,000 people injured at work each year!
2. What Are The Biggest Threats to the Business Right Now?
If you’re interviewing for a job somewhere, it’s important that the company is stable. Money worries are a significant factor in daily life, so it’s only right that you ask about any risks to the business. By asking what the biggest threats to the business are, you can begin to gauge how resilient the business is.
3. Do You Prefer to Promote Internally or Hire Externally For Key Positions?
Most companies hire both internally and externally. However, working for a company that only hires internally can have its perks. If you’re early on in your career, by opting for a company that hires internally, you may have better opportunities to progress.
4. What Makes You Stand Out as an Employer Versus Your Competitors?
The benefits of this question are two-fold. Firstly, it gives your potential employer a chance to really sell you the job and demonstrate why the role and company would be right for you. Secondly, asking this question will show that you’re a bigger-picture thinker.
Many businesses and hiring managers like to see curiosity in a candidate, so asking this question can be a great way to show that you can think beyond the day-to-day job responsibilities and operate at a higher level.
5. What Sort of Flexibility is There Around Working Patterns and Hybrid Working?
Prior to 2020, most companies were strictly office-based. However, that’s now all changed. Most employers are open to offering alternative working patterns and hybrid working options, so if that’s important to you, it’s essential you find out early in the process.
On the other hand, if you prefer to work in an office but the team is fully remote – it may not be the best role for you!
In an increasingly competitive job market, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Luckily by thinking outside the box and asking the questions listed above, you’ll be remembered long after you’ve left the interview room.
Ed Smith – Ed took a keen understanding of business through his studies and early business ventures. He now looks to advise start-ups and is extremely keen to make sure every entrepreneur gets the advice which could make their business venture a success. He has been a guest author on various high authority business sites.