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Questions to ask at a job interview

Last Updated: 21.07.21

by Alan

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One of the final things you’ll nearly always be asked at a job interview is, “Do you have any questions for me?” As most hiring managers will confirm, a surprisingly large number of people say ‘no’, they don’t have many questions at all. This is difficult to comprehend when you consider that they may be spending 40+ hours a week at the job and it could have a major impact on their daily life for the foreseeable future. So if you want to have a chance of securing the job, always say ‘yes’.

After all, an interview isn’t just an opportunity for the employer to find out if you are a suitable candidate. The interview works both ways. It’s your opportunity to fully evaluate the position and decide if it is the type of company you want to work for, while at the same time demonstrating to the hiring manager that you are interested and prepared.

Seven Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

There is no definitive list of questions to ask at a job interview but the following seven questions give you the chance to tease out more information about the role, your responsibilities, the corporate culture and the direction the company is taking. Nor should you feel you have to ask them all – some may well have been covered in the course of the main interview.

Can you tell me more about my daily responsibilities in this role?

This question lets you to learn as much about the role as possible. The interviewer’s response will provide insight into what skills and experience are needed, and will also help you decide if the role is right for you.

‘What can I do in the first three months that will make an impression on you?’

This is strong, confident question that shows potential employers that you’re eager to make a positive contribution to their organisation.

‘Training and progression are important to me. What opportunities are there opportunities for this within the role/company?

Asking about development opportunities marks you out as being serious about your career and shows that you are committed to a future with the organisation.

‘What opportunities and challenges will the company face in the next five years?’

The response to this question will give you an insight into the company’s plans moving forward, its market share and hence your general job security. You may also get a heads-up on any major projects that are in the pipeline.

‘How would you describe the working culture of the organisation?’

Asking this question is a great way to assess the working environment of the company and it gives you the opportunity to discover whether you’ll fit in.

‘What do you enjoy about your job?’

It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there. You’ll get an insider’s view of the company culture and working environment. If the interviewer shows natural enthusiasm, that’s a great sign. If they don’t, that is worth noting too.

‘Is there anything about my background or application that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?’

It may take a degree of courage to ask this question but it shows that you’re highly invested in the job and keen to understand your prospects as a candidate. Plus, it will flag up any potential concerns the interviewer may have and give you an opportunity to address them. This is crucial for finding a new job.

Questions to ask at a job interview: dos and don’ts

  • Do take a list of written questions into the interview with you, if you feel it will help to jog your memory. It shows that you are eager and motivated to learn about the position and the company. This can actually increase your chances of being contacted for the next steps in the hiring process.
  • Do try to weave your questions into the interview is process. It shows the interviewer that you’re proactive and engaged in the process.
  • Don’t ask a question if it has already been answered during the course of the interview.
  • Don’t ask a question that can be answered by reading the company website, or via Google.

By coming prepared with a list of good questions to ask at your interview and ticking them off as you go, you’ll be well on your way to making the interview a success.

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