Interviews are a great source of information for candidates as well as for employers. As a candidate it’s your chance to find out more information about the job and the company. The interview is an opportunity to find out if the job is right for you and not just for the employer to determine whether you are right for the organisation.
With this in mind, you should prepare in advance the questions that you would like to ask the interviewer. Asking questions demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in the role and will give you a clearer picture of what the job demands.
The type of questions you ask will also determine how the interviewer perceives you. You should aim to ask some general questions about the company such as what the team is like, and also some industry specific questions which will showcase your ability to understand how the role and the company fit within the sector in which they operate.
Here are a few examples of the types of questions you should consider asking:
- How many employees does the company have and across which departments?
- What are the most important things that the new candidate is expected to contribute to the team?
- What are the prospects for career progression?
- Are there any opportunities for additional training?
- Who are the company’s main competitors?
- What are the company’s plans for future growth?
- What is the staff turnover rate?
What not to ask…
There are certain questions that may not be the right questions to ask during your first interview. These are questions that, in time, you will find the answers to, so best reserve them for later!
- What’s the dress code?
- How many holidays do you get?
- When is pay day?
- Where’s the nearest pub?
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