When it comes to interviews much of what you hear is in regards to how to answer questions. A job interview is your opportunity to sell yourself to a prospective employer and as such you are not simply expected to respond but to engage with the person sat across the desk from you.
What is the best way to do this? Ask questions of your own. This is the window of opening, the chance moment you are searching for and actually the part of the interview that can give you the edge over other potential candidates. It really does show an interest and a hunger that can inspire your would-be employers into granting you the position advertised. Although, if this is too basic advice then as luck would have it there is comprehensive information on the topic that should have you a rung up on your personal career ladder as quick as anything.
On 15th August the London School of Business and Finance published an article which, in it, comprised the findings of research concerning specifically which questions, when asked in an interview, were most likely to ensure the success of the said interview.
The conclusion was dual in nature. Firstly, a whopping 74.2% of people believed that asking questions relating explicitly to development would increase your chances of getting a job significantly. This means, basically, what opportunities there would be in the role for development in the company; how, specifically to move up the ladder and so forth.
The second part of the conclusion concerned passion. Whereas the article advised against asking about pay, hours and all of the basic information concerning the company, it asked instead that you question what the company considers success or what the office culture is like. This shows an attempt, already, in these prerequisite stages that you are looking to fit the mould and understand everything you can about the company. It shows you will be an asset whose only desire is to be part of a team and be an indispensable help to clients or colleagues.
Whilst I am sure that these items of news are not set in stone, it does work as a really useful framework for anyone who is usually nervous about job interviews. Usually, you are told to ask questions but advice on the specifics of what to ask is limited. Essentially, treat these little nuggets of information as shining lights to guide you through what can be one of the trickiest parts of an interview. Take your interview by the horns and win the day!