What Questions To Ask In An Interview?
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Leigh Gillatt • Careers Advice
What Questions Should I Ask In An Interview?
An interview is, and always should be, a 2-way conversation, and should certainly not feel like you’re being interrogated. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills.
Your interview to this point has gone well. You've answered all the recruiter's questions confidently and the session is coming to a close. One of the final things you'll be asked will be,
'Do you have any questions for me?'
To increase your chances of securing the job, your reply should always be Yes.
But unless you've prepared well, you'll probably find yourself asking the question...
But What Question Should I Ask In An Interview?
Our top picks for what to ask in an interview are:
- What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role involve?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 1 – 3 months?
- How could I impress you in the first three months?
- Will there be opportunities to do external training courses with this role?
- Where do you see the company is headed in the next 5 years?
- Who will I be working most closely with?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
Keep reading to learn why you should ask some of these top picks at the end of your next interview
You need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer about the position, the person you’re likely to be reporting to within the position, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you.
In addition, if you don’t prepare smart questions, you run the risk of the interviewer assuming you aren’t interested or worse still, that haven’t prepared beforehand. Having a list of questions to ask an interviewer makes you look interested, enthusiastic and engaged - all qualities that the employer will be looking for.
“Eeek! But what do you ask?”I hear you say!
Within our recruitment agency in Scunthorpe we’re no stranger to being asked this question by candidates prior to them preparing for an interview with one of our clients, so below I have listed our top picks for example questions to ask your interviewer in your next interview!
As you will see from the list I have put together for you, none of them contain the word “Me” in them, so if you create some of your own questions, make sure you also take the “Me” out of them!
Likewise, you’ll also notice that none of the example questions require just a simple Yes or No answer. These sorts of questions should also be avoided as 9 times out of 10 the information is already readily available on the company’s website for example.
Our Top 7 Questions to Ask at the End an Interview
1. What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role involve?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day responsibilities involved within the role, you will also gain more of an insight into what specific skills and strengths you are likely to need and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
2. What are your expectations for this role during the first 1 – 3 months?
Find out what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position, and what they are hoping the successful candidate will achieve within the first 3 months within the role.
3. How could I impress you in the first three months?
This is a great question to add in at the end of an interview because it shows interviewer that you're enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to the organisation.
Pay close attention to the interviewer’s response as it will tell you how they want you to perform and will highlight particular areas of the job you should be focusing on during the first few weeks of employment.
4. Will there be opportunities to do external training courses with this role?
Again, it shows your interest in the job and further learning. The answer will also give you a clear indication of the scope for future development opportunities while working for that company.
5. Where do you see the company is headed in the next 5 years?
Asking about future plans shows a real interest in the organisation and reiterates your willingness to commit to the company. It also allowed you to make sure the company is growing and that you can potentially grow with the company too.
6. Who will I be working most closely with?
This will help you understand the way the company is structured, who you'll report to and the department the role sits within. These are the people you'll work most closely with, so it's worth trying to find out about the team dynamic and working methods.
Depending on the response, it may also give you the opportunity to mention any experience or success you've had working in similar teams - just to give the employer one final example of how well you'll fit in if you get the job.
7. What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately.
Looking for more interview tips? Read my Complete Interview Guide ~ Diverse Employment's Definitive Guide To Successful Interviews.