When you’re planning for a job interview, you’ll probably focus a lot of your time trying to predict what questions they’ll ask you. You’ll probably then try and prepare and memorise answers that will hopefully impress the panel and convince them to employ you. Whilst this is great advice for anybody applying for a job, often a lot of people overlook a very important part of the interview. When an interviewer asks a candidate whether they have any questions at the end of an interview, you might think they’re doing it just to be polite and offer to clear up any confusion for the candidate. That’s why lots of people decide to reply that they have nothing to add and get up ready to leave the interview. Instead, the interviewer is really giving you the opportunity to impress them by either asking a really insightful question about the business or even suggest a way in which you could help improve the business if they employed you. With this in mind, it’s just as important to prepare some questions to ask as it is to prepare your answers. Here’s a look at some of the suggestions you should recommend to an interview panel during a job interview.


Suggest outsourcing roles to different organisations


This first suggestion is a bold move for anybody applying for a job, but it could show any panel that you’ve seriously thought about how you can improve the business. By suggesting outsourcing certain jobs to external companies, you might think you’re reducing the amount of people that they need to employ. Whilst that might be the case in extreme cases, you’ll also be suggesting ways that you can be more productive in your role – a skill that every employer is looking for in a potential candidate.

For example, when you think of the world of human resources, you probably think that most of your time would be spent simply speaking to humans and resolving their problems. You might think that most of your time will be spent meeting with people face to face rather than sat in front of a PC. Whilst you will have to meet in person with a lot of people to complete a large number of your tasks, there are still a number of tasks in a number of organisations where you’d have to spend a lot of time working in front of a computer. The only problem is that the time you’re spending carrying out tasks like making sure everybody gets paid the correct amount is time you can’t spend helping the business run smoothly. Instead, an increasing number of businesses are now outsourcing their payroll to managed payroll services rather than completing them in house. Not only will the business be freeing up resources, they’ll also reduce the risks involved in completing this complicated process and rest easy in the knowledge that a highly skilled team are getting this job right every month.


Ask what challenges you’re likely to face


When a panel are considering someone for a job, they’re often trying to figure out how well they’d cope under pressure. Whether they have the skills to solve a challenging problem when one suddenly occurs during their working day. With this in mind, one of the best questions you can ask at the end of the interview is exactly what challenges you’re likely to face in this role. By asking this question, it shows you’re already thinking seriously about the best way to prepare for any challenges that are thrown your way. Once they’ve given you some examples of some of the challenges you may face, respond with some of the ways you think you would tackle those challenges. If you come up with effective suggestions to tackle these problems, it’ll make them a lot more likely to trust you with the role.


Enquire how they measure success in the role


As well as asking what challenges they expect you’ll face in the role, ask them how they’ll measure success for the role.

This will show them that you’re not simply going to do the bare minimum during your working day. This question will in fact show them that you’re the type of person who will look to improve the business at all times during the working day. To cement this thought in the minds of the interview panel, you could follow up the question with offering up a way you could improve the business related to whatever measurement they suggest.



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