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Interviews Part 3 - Questions to ask

You've got the outfit and are at the interview. So far all is going well. You think the interview is drawing to an end, then the interviewer asks the question you have been dreading - 'Do you have any questions?'.

How many of us have made the mistake of answering with 'no'?

Really you should take this opportunity to interview the employer.

We've selected some questions we think you could ask in this situation.

  • Is this a new position or will I be replacing someone?
    If this is a new role, you are interested in finding out if this is a long term position or one that is likely to be terminated within a short period of time. It will also give you an idea of how the department is expecting to grow and how your role will fit in.
  • What training and progression opportunities are there within the company?
    You want to know how the company supports and encourages their employees to continue to develop their skills and progress within the company.
  • Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to within the company?
    This relates to the previous question. This question will give you the opportunity to see how the company encourages personal development and do not prevent employees from working their way up the career ladder.
  • How will you be assessed in your job? Will there be regular one-to-one reviews?
    Regular reviews will show that the employer is interested in your progression and how you are finding the job.
  • How would you describe the ideal employee for this position?
    You will find out what type of person the interviewer is looking for and if you are suitable.
  • What is the culture of the work place?
    This will help you decide if you are a suitable match for the company.
  • Could you be shown around the department?
    You would have the opportunity to not only see where you would possibly be working but also see the people you would be working with. This would also be encouraging regarding how successful your interview has been.
  • What would be a typical working day in this role?
    You will be able to find out if the interviewer knows the role. You will be able to find out what it is you will be expected to do.
  • Will there be a probation period?
    This gives you and the employer the opportunity to decide if the job is right for you and vice versa.
  • Could you tell me a bit more about the role?
    Sometimes there is more to the job than what is simply mentioned in the job advert. The interviewer will be able to go into more detail.
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
    This shows you are keen to take the job. You will know when you are likely to receive a response regarding your interview.

Every interview is different so think about what type of questions would be appropriate to ask.

If you are concerned about the types of question you should try to avoid, continue to the next step.

> Part Four: Questions to avoid