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        Smart & Simple Interview Questions To Ask Employers, When being Interviewed

        Asking questions during your engineering interview is always a good idea.
        Asking questions during your engineering interview is always a good idea.

        You have a job interview that is soon approaching. In this guide we discuss the interview questions to ask the engineering organisation at the end of an interview.

        Why Ask Interview Questions, During Your Interview?

        Here at STEM Recruitment Partners, we always recommend candidates to ask questions during the interview and at the end of an interview when invited by the interviewing panel to do so.

        According to indeed asking questions will give you a better understanding of whether the position is the right fit for you. It also shows the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the position.

        Job interviews are not only for the hiring company to ensure that the candidate is a fit for their company and team. They are also an opportunity for engineering jobseekers to evaluate potential employers. The ideal outcome would be for both parties to leave the process feeling that the candidate, the position, and the business are a good fit.

        Additionally, well-chosen interview questions can make the applicant stand out from the competition. The appropriate questions show you were engaged and attentive in the conversation and that you have interest in the position. Moreover, it can be a chance for you to demonstrate any other information you may have. You might cite current news items or business statements/reports for example.

        Do Your Research On Interview Questions.

        It can be difficult to think of appropriate questions on the spot, so as part of your interview preparation, you should come up with a list of potential questions. Your questions should demonstrate your level of knowledge and should not be ones that can be quickly resolved by visiting the business’ website. When coming up with questions, you should consult the following resources:

        1. Begin by reading the job description. Check to see if any important details are missing or if the interviewer needs to expound on anything.
        2. Search the company’s website and social media to learn more about it.
        3. Google News the business name to find out more.
        4. Use Google Trends to see what’s trending in the industry of your potential employer
        5. Look at the interviewers’ LinkedIn profiles.
        Have your questions ready to go before the interview
        Have your questions ready to go before the interview

        How Many Interview Questions Should You Ask?

        A minimum of four or five questions should be prepared for the interview in advance. This guarantees that you have follow-up questions even if one or two of yours were addressed during the interview.

        What Interview Questions to Avoid.

        1. Asking queries that are primarily about what the organization can do for you should be avoided.
        2. Don’t inquire about pay or annual leave, your recruitment agency should have briefed you I advance
        3. Don’t ask yes/no questions. Ask questions that are genuinely open-ended instead.
        4. Do not ask questions that anyone could find the answers to just taking a short look over the business website.
        5. Never ask a question that has already been addressed in the interview because it indicates that you were not fully present in the conversation.

        Some Great Interview Questions to Ask an Employer

        Questions About Your Potential new Job

        1. Could you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this role?
        2. What is the company’s strategic plan for the next year, and how will it impact this role?
        3. What do you think is the most important indicator of success in this role?
        4. Can you tell me more about the team I would be working with (if I successfully secured the role)?
        5. What does success look like?
        6. If I were taken on for this role, what would you want me to achieve in my first few months?
        7. Are there mechanisms in place for performance reviews?
        8. Is this a new position?
        Ask your interviewer great questions
        Ask your interviewer great questions

        Interview Questions About The Company

        1. What qualities and attributes make for a successful employee in the company?
        2. How would you describe the management style here?
        3. How would you describe the company culture?
        4. How would you describe the work/life balance here?
        5. What are the company’s goals for the year?
        6. Are there opportunities for professional development?
        7. What is the greatest challenge currently facing the company?
        8. Is there anything that we haven’t discussed that you think is important for me to know about working here?
        9. What are the company’s values?

        Interview Questions To ask The Hiring Manager

        1. What do you enjoy about working here?
        2. Where do you see the company in the next five years?

        Next Steps

        1. Could you tell me the timeline for making a decision and when you think I can expect to hear from you?
        2. Do you need any further information from me to help you make your decision?
        3. If I am successful today, what do the next steps look like?

        Our Solutions

        At STEM Recruitment Partners we specialise in Life Science & Engineering Recruitment. Our team have extensive experience (67 years combined) recruiting in the Irish Market. Reach out to the team here in STEM Recruitment Partners for the best advice and support in building your engineering teams contact us today

        Prepare for your STEM Interview

        How to make a great impression

        Congratulations! you have landed an interview. Your CV jumped out and caught the attention of the hiring company, you’re one step closer to landing that dream job. Now its time to prepare for that interview and make a lasting impression.

        We have got you covered, below we have tips on how to make that lasting impression. We have broken it down into three steps

        • Before the interview
        • During the interview
        • After the interview

        Part of our jobseeker service offering at STEM Recruitment Partners and Martina Quinn Finance Recruitment is interview preparation.

        Prepare for your STEM Interview

        Before the interview.

        Research The Company

        Its obvious but its something that should never be overlooked. Know everything on their website from their about us page, latest news. product and services they provide and everything in between, know their website inside and out.

        Don’t forget to check out their social media and take note of key milestones, events, updates, or announcements. This will give you a greater understanding of what the goals of the company are and will cover you for the inevitable ‘’What do you know about us’’ question.

        Research The Interviewers

        Often you might have information on who will be interviewing you. Make use of LinkedIn and find out where they studied, where they were employed previously and what groups they are members of.

        This will help you build a rapport with your interviewer or interviewers. Building a rapport early makes you stand out helps make a lasting impression.

        Prepare Questions and Answers

        ‘’Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail’’ A famous quote from Roy Keane, spoken in a different context but it also applies for interview questions. Common interview questions such as

        ‘Tell me about yourself?

        Why do you want to leave your current role?

        What interests you about our company?

        Will allow you to demonstrate who you are your experience, knowledge and value that you can bring the hiring company. Here is 21 common interview questions from Pass my

        Know the job description

        Read the job description multiple times and highlight what skills it emphasises. Match skills you have with the job description and have examples of how you used those experiences in past and current roles.

        Use the STAR model to explain technical situations

        STAR is an acronym for

        • Situation
        • Task
        • Action
        • Result

        In the world of Engineering, Manufacturing, Life Science and Supply Chain its very easy to get bogged down by the technical details when answering a question. By using the STAR model, you can explain how your technical capabilities helped the company overcome a problem or situation.

        Prepare examples of your work

        It is common to be asked about specific work you have carried out in previous roles such as projects completed. Think of work you have done in the past that is relevant to the job description.

        Gather a list of intelligent questions to ask the interviewer.

        It’s not all one-way traffic when it comes to interviews, they provide a platform for you to understand the company better and understand the people in the company better. Interviews allow the employers to know if the candidate is serious about the position. The interviewer will be expecting you to ask them questions, here is a list questions compiled by the Business Insider to ask the interviewer it may help you on the day.

        The interviewer will be expecting you to ask them questions, here is a list questions compiled by the Business Insider to ask the interviewer it may help you on the day.

        During the interview

        Get Your Outfit Ready

        Make sure you have your formal outfit ready the night before the interview. Don’t be scrambling around the house looking for your belt just before your about to leave. Have everything ready, you have enough to be thinking about.

        Bring Copies of your CV and a Notebook

        Take five copies of your CV to the interview with you just in case there are multiple interviewers. This shows your organised and considerate. Having a notebook allows you to take notes of key information that the interviewer is telling you. This shows you are interested and serious about the role, however, don’t use a tablet or phone to take notes as this may be seen as ignorant or rude.

        Arrive Early

        Be at the interview 10 – 15 minutes before the interview. Do a recon of the commute a few days before the interview so you know where the building is, how busy is the traffic, where you can park and how long of a walk you have to get there.

        Make a great first impression

        First impressions last, people say it for a reason. Make sure you look professional check your clothes for stains and your shoes are shined etc. Try and display confident positive body language, give a firm but not too tight handshake and remember to smile throughout the interview.

        Treat Everyone As If They are The Hiring Manager

        This goes without saying but nerves can interfere. Just remember to treat everyone with respect including front desk staff, security personnel cleaning personnel, security etc. Your potential employer may ask for feedback from other employees and as we said earlier first impressions last.

        Respond Honestly to Questions

        It may be tempting to decorate your skills and achievements in our experience interviewers find honesty respectable and refreshing. Focus on key strengths and again use the STAR model to deflect questions you may think show weaknesses.

        Bring Them Back to your Skills and Achievements

        When asked a question use it to your advantage by bringing to examples of how your skills and experience helped your past companies. Keep your answers focused and concise as your time is limited in an interview.

        Do Not:

        Speak negatively about past roles or employers as this makes you come across as adverse in an interview. If you feel your not getting what you want out of your current role, try focus on the skills and experience you have gained and what you want in the short and long term.  

        After the interview

        Ask About the Next Stage

        Ask the interviewer about what the next stage in the process is. This shows enthusiasm for the role and will allow you to prepare for the next stage in the process.

        Send a thank you email.

        Send a thank you email to the interviewer, showing your appreciation for taking time out of their busy schedules. This shows that you are considerate.

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