Interview Tips: Questions to ask at an interview
It’s asked at the end of every job interview and if you haven’t prepared for it, it can catch you off-guard: “Do you have any questions?” And your answer should always be yes.
Coming up with a list of questions to ask the interviewer should always be included in your interview preparation. They help to make you come across as interested in the business and the role, enthusiastic and engaged. Try to come up with at least four or five questions to ask, to provide you with backup, should some of them already be answered during the interview.
Key when preparing your list is to avoid asking questions that only require a yes or no answer, and to steer clear of questions around salary and holiday allowance, at least for the time being – those points can be discussed once you receive a job offer.
If you need some inspiration, we have listed some good questions to ask at an interview below.
Where do you see the company heading in the next five years?
Asking this should give you an insight into the company’s progression plans and its place in the market, and possibly give you an idea about any major upcoming projects. Asking this question shows a real interest in the organisation.
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
Asking these questions provides you with an opportunity to gain an insight into what skills and experience are needed. It will also give you an idea of what the employer’s expectations are, and ultimately help you decide if the role is right for you.
Are there opportunities for further training?
This shows that you want to expand on your knowledge and demonstrates that you’re serious about your career.
What are the opportunities for progression within the company?
If you are looking for a long-term career within the company, asking this question will help you find out whether this is the business for you.
Can you tell me more about the culture of the organisation?
A good working environment is important and asking this question will give you the opportunity to find out whether you’ll fit in.
How could I impress you in the first three months?
This is a great one to ask at the end of a job interview. It shows potential employers that you’re eager to make a positive contribution to the organisation.
As a rapidly growing recruitment business, we have fantastic opportunities for career development. We pride ourselves on rewarding success and promoting from within. However, we are always looking for new talent to further strengthen and expand our teams.
As recruiters, we really understand that talented and motivated staff is the key to any successful business. To help us develop our team into the best they can be, all staff receive invaluable mentorship from our experienced senior leaders and are able to shape a clear career path bespoke to them, mapping out potential routes of progression within the company.
Our dedication to creating a fantastic working environment was recognised at the 2018 Toast of Surrey Business Awards when we were announced as Employer of the Year and Leadership Team of the Year.
As well as a competitive salary, you’ll be able to take advantage of our fantastic benefits package including a Private Pension Plan, Private Health Insurance, Uncapped Commission, Life Assurance, Team Building & Incentives (Climb the O2, powerboat down the Thames or enjoy a night out on the company). We ensure hard work and dedication is rightly rewarded!