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Good job interview technique isn't just about having all the answers. You also need to be ready with some questions.

"Is there anything you'd like to ask us?" It's the standard conclusion to a job interview, so it's important to have a few questions to hand. It's not just about finding out if the job is right for you. It's also about impressing your prospective employer by showing interest and initiative.

Here are six key questions to ask. And remember, a job interview should be a conversation not an interrogation. So there's no need to save all of them for the end.

1. What are the most rewarding and the most challenging aspects of the role?

As well as giving you more insight into the role, this also shows you're realistic and understand that all social work roles have their 'ups and downs'. It also shows that, while you're not afraid of a challenge, you like to be prepared for it.

2. What do you see as your team's biggest challenge in the future?

This demonstrates that you think strategically. It also confirms your longer-term commitment to the role. You're also likely to receive an answer regarding the challenge of delivering change with depleted resources. This gives you a chance to talk about how resourceful and creative you are in your planning what you could bring to the role to help with such challenges.

3. What opportunities will there be for training and personal development?

The interviewer will see that you're someone who is willing to learn, and to take on new responsibilities. It's also good for you to know what the opportunities are for career advancement, especially if the role is for a permanent social work role.

4. How will my performance be measured?

It's important to know what's expected of you. It's also a chance to show you are comfortable with goals and targets, and would respond positively to personal appraisals and change.

5. What is the working culture like and how would you describe the team dynamics?

This will help you understand if this is the kind of place you'd like to work. It also shows you're a team player and would find the best way of working productively with your new colleagues.

6. What's the next step?

Whilst your Sanctuary Social Care consultant will keep you fully updated on the outcome of your interview, it's ok to ask what the next steps are. For example, when are you likely to hear from them? Will there be a second interview? This shows you're enthusiastic to win the post and that you follow things through.

One final tip: try to relate some of your questions back to things you're told or asked during the interview. It shows you've been listening and that you have a genuine interest in succeeding in the role.

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