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Ask and you shall receive

The questions you ask the panel at the end of the process can be as crucial to your success as the interview itself, says John Rutter

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You sit back and bask in the good feeling emanating from the panel in front of you. The presentation went well and you nailed their five questions: the job, you feel sure, is pretty much in the bag. Then the headteacher, smiling benignly, says: “Do you have anything you would like to add, or any questions you would like to ask us?”

Oh dear. While concentrating on what the panel would ask you during the interview, you neglected to focus on the opportunity you would be given to ask a few questions yourself. Unprepared, and unable to think in the heat of the moment, you stammer: “Erm, I can’t ...

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