Questions to ask in a job interview
Almost all interviewers on the planet will ask “Do you have any questions?” so always have several prepared. Asking just one or two questions is adequate but always have at least four or five at the ready as some may already have been answered as part of the conversation.
Show you are interested
I know many interviewers who have declined a candidate on the basis they didn't have any questions prepared. I know this may sound a little harsh, but think of it in this way: If you don't ask questions, you may come across as though you are not interested in or serious about the role/ company.
With recruitment being buoyant at the moment, many candidates interview for roles they are not 100% interested in. If they get the job, they often use this as a stop gap until something better comes along. Interviewers know this!
Any interviewer will not only want to establish that you are the right person for the job but also that if they do make you an offer, you will stick around.
What NOT to ask
Avoid asking questions surrounding salary, holidays and benefits. Wait until you have the offer before deciding whether or not it is for you.
Remember, the interview is about you providing value to the employer, not the other way round!
Good questions to ask in a job interview
Good questions are:
- How many people are in the team and how is it structured?
- How will my performance be measured?
- Can you describe to me a typical day in the job?
- What would be the key priorities in the first few months of the job?
- What are the company’s long-term goals?
- Where do you see the company in five years time?
- What would you say is the most challenging aspect of the role?
- What training opportunities does the company offer?
- What does the promotional scale look like?
- What do you like most about working here?
- Do you have any concerns that we can discuss in more detail in order for me to be the top candidate?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
How to create your own questions
Of course, the above are just generic suggestions. To show that you are even more interested, demonstrate that you have completed thorough research about the role and company.
Once you have fully researched the company and role, you can use your findings as a base for questions.
Perhaps you have found out that they have won some local or national awards? You could slot in the nugget of information into your question.
Maybe you know that they are expanding soon? Is a competitor opening up locally? You could ask questions about how that may affect the business.
Just ask something!
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