Questions you should ask at an interview

When you go to an interview it’s important that you have your own questions to ask at the end. This not only shows that you’re genuinely interested in the company and the role, but is also a good way to decipher whether you would fit within the company culture and think the role would suit you. An interview is a two way communication where both sides are trying to decide whether you are the best candidate for this role.

Some examples of questions you could ask are:

  • What training opportunities are there?
  • What opportunities are there to develop and progress in this role and company?
  • How would you describe the company culture and working environment?
  • What does a day in the job look like?
  • What are the company objectives for the year?
  • What team would I be working with?
  • What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of the job?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?

Questions you shouldn’t ask at an interview

The first interview is all about making a good impression, convincing the interviewer that you are keen to work for their company and are the right candidate for the job. Focusing the questions you ask on the company and what the job role involves is the best way to show your genuine interest. The following questions give the impression you’re not that interested in or committed to the company or particular job, but instead just interested in the salary or the amount of time you will get off from the job. Also never ask a question the answer to which you could have found for yourself by doing some research; this again shows your lack of interest and lack of effort put into your interview preparation.

  • What is the salary?
  • What are the hours?
  • What breaks do I get?
  • How much holiday am I entitled to?
  • What does this company do?

Save questions about salary, hours and benefits for when you are offered the job. You can then negotiate if necessary because you know they are keen to have you working for them and you would have already convinced them of your interest in the company and role. 

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