25 QUESTIONS ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD ASK AT INTERVIEW
Do you have any questions for us?
It’s a common interview question. Often met with a self-conscious smile and a ‘no, I think I’ve got everything’.
Don’t be fooled. You aren’t being polite.
Employers want to hire people that will exceed expectations. This could be your chance to show that you can.
An interview should be treated as a mutual exchange of information. Candidates that take the opportunity to ask questions, increase their chance of finding a successful match.
Asking the right questions demonstrates that you have given careful thought to what the job will entail and whether the company will be a good match.
Not only do you appear engaged, you will be more informed then your competitors.
Not all questions are created equal, so it’s important to come prepared. Check out the example questions below. When asked at the right time, they could give you the edge you need to secure your dream role.
25 Questions Applicants Should Ask at Interview
Getting to know your employer
Show an interest in the company you are working for.
You should always research the company before you get to interview. Use these questions to give you a more thorough insight.
They are best used at the start of the recruitment process.
- Where do you see the company heading in the next 5 years?
- What do you consider to be your company’s most important assets?
- What makes you stand out against your competition?
Understand the role
The goal is to find out how to best sell your skills and experience. It will also help you establish if the role is a good fit for you.
You could ask some of these during the initial phone screen, to give you a head start when you get to interview.
- Why is this position available?
- What was it about my experience and qualifications that most appealed to you?
- What are the three main factors you will be using to determine the right person for this job?
- Could you describe a typical day or week in this position?
- How is job performance evaluated, and how often does it occur?
- What goals do you expect the person who takes this job to achieve during their first three months?
- Could you tell me about the way the job has been performed in the past? And, what improvements you’d like to see happen?
- What skill gap are you looking to fill with a new hire?
- If I was starting in this position today, what would you advise me to learn first and do first?
Get the lowdown on workplace culture
Cultural fit is integral to success in any position. It can often be more important to a perspective employer then your technical fit for the role.
Cultural fit looks at values, communication style, management style, process and procedures.
These questions will help you establish the culture of the workplace. They can be used during a first or second stage interview.
Consider the answers carefully. Ask for clarification where required.
- What do you enjoy about working here?
- What would you improve about the work environment if you could?
- What type of work do you delegate to your staff?
- How do you recognise your employees when they have performed well?
- Has anyone in your team been promoted? If so, what made this person eligible?
- How would your team or peers describe you?
- I’d love to know more about your journey. Tell me how you got to where you are?
- What opportunities do you make available for professional development and training?
- How would you describe the morale in your team and work environment?
Create an opportunity for improvement
Asking for the hard truth can be difficult, but the benefit far out weighs the risk.
Take the plunge and show that you are willing to accept feedback. It could also be your last opportunity to put any misplaced concern to bed.
Ask these questions at the end of the interview. Be brave, you can do it!
- Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the position that I could try to address?
- Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this position?
Understand the process
Just before you part ways, it is important to understand the next steps in the process. This will allow you to plan how you approach follow up.
- What is the next step in this process?
- What is your time line for getting back to candidates?
Stand out at your next interview and turn a gentle spotlight on your employer. An interview is the best opportunity that you have to assess your future employer.
Make sure the company and role are the right fit for you. Then use what you have learnt to highlight your talents.
Confidence is key. You’ve got this.