Good questions to ask at interview

interview“And now, have you got any questions that you’d like to ask us?”

It’s the bit at the end of the interview that many people forget to prepare for. That moment when your mind goes blank and you feebly say “thank you, but the answers to all my questions have been covered during the interview”.

Don’t fall into that trap! Some employers interpret your questions as an indication of your interest in the job. Prepare for this part of the interview by writing a list of at least 5 questions you’d like to ask. If you get to ask questions as you go along, make sure you hold back at least two of them for the end.

Good questions to ask

  • LISTEN to what the interviewer says. The most intelligent questions often arise out of something that crops up during the interview.
  • How would you describe a typical day/week in this position?
  • What are the prospects for training/career progression?
  • Who does the position report to?  If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?
  • How would you describe the company’s management style?
  • How will you measure my success in the role? What system of appraisal/performance review do you operate?
  • How many people work in the office/department?
  • How many staff will I be line managing?
  • How does the role fit into the team structure?
  • Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
  • What do you like about working here?

What not to ask

Don’t ask about the salary /office hours / benefits package / start date.

These questions are all best asked when you get the job offer, and before you accept it.

Sometimes it can be appropriate to ask about part time arrangements at the end of the final interview, but usually this only applies if the role was clearly advertised as a part time or flexible job. In this case you could, for example, ask for clarification about how much flexibility there is over which days/hours are worked.

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