You’ve got your (online) interview, you’ve ironed your shirt and brushed down your suit. You’ve checked out the firm’s website and prepared for any questions you may be asked. But what about that question that everyone dreads: ‘Do you have any questions you’d like to ask us?’
It really is important that you have a few questions up your sleeve to ask either during the interview or at the end, depending on how the process is structured. Never fear, LawLink has got your back with a list of questions you could ask your potential new employers.
You could start with asking your interviewer:
What do you enjoy about working here?
The answer could give you some real insight into both the person (who you could be working with) and the firm. And if they’re not willing to give you what you feel is a genuine answer, or if it’s negative then this might not be the right firm for you …
What sort of person will succeed here? / What skills and traits are you looking for in potential candidates?
This question will show that you are a conscientious applicant and if you get an honest response will both allow you to assess whether you have the right skillset and then give you the opportunity to let the interviewer know how you will fit into the organisation.
Where do you think the firm is headed in the next five years?
The answer to this question will give you a good idea of the aspirations of the firm and you’ll be able to consider whether they fit with your aspirations too.
How would you describe the culture of this firm?
Finding out about the culture of the firm is really important. It will allow you to get an idea of whether you think you’ll fit in there too and whether this is the kind of firm you’d like to work for.
What are the greatest opportunities and challenges facing this department right now?
The answer you get to this question will give you an idea of what to expect if you get the job and could mean that you could put in some preparation in order to hit the ground running.
What are the opportunities for growth, development and career progression?
This question demonstrates that you are fully focused on your career and are interested in professional development and progression. The answer you receive will demonstrate how genuine the firm’s commitment to ongoing CPD is and what opportunities are available. You could back up by stating any areas of CPD you’re particularly interested in.
Make sure to ask questions that don’t elicit yes/no answers – this is about engaging conversation and finding out as much as possible about the culture and ethos of the firm as well as showing more of yourself.
Don’t ask about salary and benefits – we’ll be negotiating that for you, and don’t ask questions that you could find the answers to on the firm’s website (make sure you’ve had a good look at the firm’s website before your interview too!)