Questions You SHOULD ask in an Interview

Interviews are a two-way street. You should be assessing the employer just as much as they’re assessing you. When you are asked, “Do you have any questions?” this is your chance to gain a clear insight of the company and if you would like to work there. If you don’t ask any questions it could come across that you are disinterested in the position or company.

It is important to properly think about the questions you are asking and do not ask unnecessary ones for the sake of it. Consider the things that you would like to know about the company, for example if travel will be involved within the role, what progression and growth is like within the position and organisation. These questions show you are enthusiastic about being a part of the company and already thinking about future and personal development.

Here are a few more examples of effective questions to ask in your interview in order for you to get a better sense of the role and to leave the interview with a positive and professional impression.   

Who would I be reporting to?

If there are several bosses, it would be important for you to be aware of the hierarchy within your team and the company. It will also give you a chance to possibly meet your Line Manager after your interview and get to know them.

What are the progression opportunities within this role?

Straight away asking this question makes it clear that you are enthusiastic about this position and are interested in your career progression and future development. This is a very strong asset to show in front of your potential new employer. Depending on their answer will also show if there is room for progression and growth within the company, and if there isn’t, it will allow you to ask yourself if you would like to work within a company where there isn’t any room for development or promotion.

What’s the most interesting projects or opportunities you have worked on?

This is an effective question for a few reasons. Firstly, because it shows you are also interested in the interviewer’s experience and happiness within their role at the company. It also allows you to see the type of opportunities that are available when being a part of the company and it also allow you to see the type of work and projects that the company have created and achieved.  

How would you describe the company culture?

This gives you an insight on what the company prioritises, if they invest in employee’s happiness and the type of work ethic they adopt. It will also allow you to see if the company have a social side and invest time in employees. If work socials take place, if there are dress down days, monthly incentives.

What are the main challenges of this role?

This might already have been discussed at some point within the interview. If it hasn’t then asking this will enable you to see what about this role could be most demanding or challenging and you bringing this up again shows your eagerness and determination to succeed within the role and that you are wanting to know what to expect and are prepared for what is entails.

What would a typical day look like within this role?

Again, this might have already been discussed. It gives you a better idea of what the day to day duties of this position would look like and what is to be expected of you and if this is something you can see yourself doing. Finding out the expectations of the position will enable you to see if you have the skills to be successful within the role and most importantly, if you would be happy take on this role.

When can I expect to hear back from you?

This shows that you are interested in the position and eager to hear their decision. This will also determine how and when to follow up, if required.