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By Liam Horan, Career Coach & Managing Director, Sli Nua Careers
Q: “I was asked at the end if I had any question for the panel. I was just happy to hear that the interview was finishing. What might I have asked” – DC, Email.
A: I put this to a number of our career coaches, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.
Pearse O’Donnell (Sli Nua Careers, Bandon):
I think it is most important not to answer this question too literally, but to use the opportunity to get in a good summary as to why you are suited to the job and why you are interested in it. Once you have given them the selling routine, which must be well prepared, I would then, and only then, advise to ask questions.
For example: Yes, I have two short questions but first could I take just 90 seconds of your time to say that..,sell, sell, sell. Take 90 seconds and no more. All these can help to good finishes.
Whatever questions you ask, make sure that you were not given this information before the interview or the panel will think that you were not thorough in your preparation. There should never be more than two questions, in my mind.
Specific question: Any prior preparation I could undertake now to reduce on-the-job training? Other than that, I feel that you have provided me with all of the information necessary and I would like to thank you for this opportunity.
Mary O’Brien-Killeen (Claremorris):
If DC is going for production role job, a possible question: “I would love to see the whole product manufacturing process from concept to final product. Would there be an opportunity to observe this?” Reason: In this way, the client shows an interest in the company and what it manufactures – they are not just looking to settle in to one job for the rest of their days.
Sabina Trench (Castlebar):
What are the priorities for the role in the first three months? If you ask them this you are demonstarting your ability to do the job. Listen to the priorities and show them how you have experience, training or potential in each one.
Mick O’Connor (Athlone):
Where does the business / company see itself in two years’ time? If there are competitors, then how does the organisation position itself to maintain market share or develop further?
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Liam Horan is a Career Coach with Sli Nua Careers, who have offices in Bandon, Galway, Limerick, Navan, Athlone, Sligo and Mayo, plus a full online service. Their services include CV preparation, interview training, personal statements and application forms.