Interview questions that you can ask
You may think that attending an interview is all about the employer asking you the questions, but it is vital that you also ask questions of the employer. As well as helping you get the information you need to decide if you actually want the job, it can also demonstrate your:
- enquiring mind
- and that you are taking the job and interview seriously.
Questions that will make you look good
You may have been provided with an information pack when you applied for the job, which answers a lot of the questions you thought of asking. Also, an interviewer will usually give you some more information about the job and the company at the interview.
So, you may be wondering what else you could ask. Here are a few to get you started.
- What is a typical day like in this job? This shows that you want an understanding of what the job entails and an interest in what it's like on a day to day basis.
- What kind of training do you offer? This highlights that you are keen to learn and improve your skills, which in turn can be valuable to the company.
- What happens after I complete my training? This shows that you are thinking ahead about your longer term role in the company.
- How does the role fit in with the organisation? This question indicates that you are keen to know how you would fit in and work with others in the company.
- What do you consider the most challenging aspects of this role? This shows that you want to know what kind of challenges the job has so that you could be prepared.
- What is the company culture like? This can demonstrate that you want to understand the company as a whole, the working environment as well as the business and what they do.
You may also have some questions based on the research you do on the company before the interview (remember your research – it's vital!).
Questions that you shouldn't ask
Any of the following questions are likely to have the interviewer rolling their eyes, checking their watch or even bringing the interview to an early close!
- What can you tell me about the company? The interviewer will expect you to be able to tell them about the company. You need to do your research beforehand and if you have other questions based on that, ask those.
- Will I have to work overtime? Asking a question like this says to the interviewer that you are inflexible and unwilling to put some extra work in to meet objectives.
- How many days holiday do I get? If this information isn't in the details you received when you applied then wait for the interviewer to bring this up, otherwise it looks as though you are more interested in the benefits you'll be getting.
- What is the salary? This is similar to the holiday question. If it hasn't been stated in the advert or application pack, wait until the interviewer brings it up.
- How long will it be before I can get promoted? This comes across as being impatient and just a bit too sure of yourself! The company will want to see how well you perform in the job you have applied for before considering anything like promotion.
- Does this company monitor internet usage? This will ring alarm bells with the interviewer. They'll be thinking that you intend to spend all day on Twitter. It might sound like we're pointing out the obvious by saying don't ask this question, but some people actually have!
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