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Questions you can ask at an interview

You will usually get the opportunity to ask questions at an interview. Though you may think of questions during the interview, it pays to have some prepared in case you need them.

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Make sure you know why you are asking a question. If you ask an idle question, and the interviewer asks why you want to know the answer, you will have to justify yourself.

Ask genuine questions about information that is not readily available. For example, don't ask about things that are on the organisation's website or in its promotional brochurces. If you do, you'll show the employer that you haven't done your research.

Remember, some of the questions you have prepared may be answered during the interview. You'll need to keep track of these, as you don't want to ask them again.

Examples of questions that you could ask

What type of work will you be doing?

  • What are the duties and responsibilities of this position?
  • What would a day in the life of a _______ with your firm typically involve?
  • What will be biggest challenge I will have in this job?

What training and progression opportunities are there?

  • What kind of induction or training programme will I complete when I begin the job?
  • Will the organisation support ongoing study?
  • Will there be opportunities for increased responsibility and broader experience?
  • Is there a periodic employee appraisal or performance review? How is this organised?

What are the people like?

  • How much contact will I have with management?
  • Who will I report to in this position?
  • How big is the team I will work with?

What's the organisation like?

  • I find it interesting that you are expanding into ________. Could you tell me more about that?
  • How does your organisation show that it values its employees?

Updated 29 Nov 2010