So you’ve made it through the bulk of your interview unscathed, you’ve answered some tricky questions and feeling pretty pleased with how it’s all going. Then comes the familiar “do you have any questions for us?”.
It is a common misconception that this is solely an opportunity for you to ask questions on anything you are unclear about. It is of course an opportunity for you to ask questions on anything you are unclear about however it is far from the sole purpose of this question.
Most interviewers will use this as a further opportunity to assess the extent to which you have thought about the role and the organisation. This will be a significant point at which they separate candidates who are genuinely interested in the job and working for the organisation and those who have just applied for anything that comes along.
We have compiled a list of 15 questions that can help you demonstrate some insight and genuine interest in the role you are interviewing for:
• What will an average day involve?
• What training opportunities will be available?
• How many people will be in my team?
• Are there any big projects you are working on at the moment?
• What is the work culture like?
• Where do you see the company in 5 years?
• Why did the last person in this post leave?
• What would you expect me to achieve in the first 6 months?
• How do you measure performance?
• What progression opportunities will be available?
• What do you like about working here?
• What kind of support structure will I have?
• What is staff turnover like?
• If I was offered the job, how could I prepare for it?
• When do you expect to make a decision?
You by no means have to ask all of these but it is always good to into an interview with a few questions in mind. Think about the role and the organisation and choose the questions that best apply.