A question that is GUARANTEED to come up at the end of your interview is “do you have any questions for us”.
This is your opportunity to turn the tables and find out if the job/company is right for you. You need to make sure it’s the type of environment you’d like to work in with a positive company culture and opportunities for personal and professional development.
Asking questions about the company and the job also shows the interviewer that you’re interested in the job and are eager to learn more about the company. They’re looking for passionate, motivated candidates with a genuine interest in the job and a desire to do well. If you say you don’t have any questions to ask you’ll come across as being indifferent and unprepared.
Try to wait until you’re in the final process to negotiate pay and ask about any fringe benefits, you don’t want to mention it in the interview and give off the impression. That being said, if the salary was not included on the job description it’s perfectly okay to ask what the remuneration is.
Asking questions about your application and interview provide you with the opportunity to address any concerns they may have and allow you to provide more evidence about why you’re suited to the role. You can also draw their attention back to experience and skills they may have missed/reiterate your competencies.
- Do you have any concerns about my application?
- Would you like me to discuss anything on my CV in further detail?
- Other than the skills mentioned on the job description, what other skills and experience do you think are required to be successful in this job?
The Job Role
You need to make sure that the job is something you’d actually be interested in doing, you don’t want to commit to the job and find out a few weeks in that you hate your responsibilities. By asking the following questions you can find out more about what the job entails, uncovering elements that may not have been on the job description. You can gain a greater understanding of how your role impacts the overall activities of the company, and how challenging the job is.
- What’s a typical day or week in this job look like?
- What does success look like in this role, and how do you measure it? l
- Who would I be working with / reporting to?
- What’s the most challenging aspect of the job?
- How long did the person who held this position before work here for?
It’s important to consider if your values line up with the company’s. Asking questions about the company’s culture can help you decide if it’s the type of environment you’d thrive in. You can find out if employees are expected to work over time and what the life to work balance.
- How would you describe the organizational culture of the company?
- What do you like about working here?
- How often do employees make themselves available outside of normal working hours?
- Where would the company like to be in five years time?
- What are the company’s main values and if I was hired, how would my work contribute to upholding them?
Training and Development?
When moving to a new job you'll want to make sure there are opportunities for professional and personal growth, and that the job will help you advance in your chosen career. Asking questions about training and development help ensure you're not signing up for job where you don't move forwards.
- What type of training would I receive if I got the role?
- What have successful employees in this position gone on to do?
- Is there a mentoring system in place?
- What further training and development opportunities are available?
Make sure to prepare specific questions about the company and the job role. Research the industry and see if there are any trends that are likely to impact your work and ask the interviewer how they imagine the job role will react to it. Consider if there are any projects or past campaigns the company has worked on you’re particularly interested in and ask for more information, this will show the interviewer you’re actually interested in the company and not just applying for any job.