Job interviews are most definitely a two-way street. At the end of almost every interview, the interviewee will be given the chance to put forward any queries regarding the role, the company, or the work in general. Not only is this a great opportunity to clear up any confusion or misunderstanding about the position you’re interviewing for, but it’s also a great way to show the company just how interested in their work you are.

Asking a well thought-out question demonstrates your interest, time and research that you have put into the preparation for your interview - however, when asking questions, you need to make sure that they are the right kind.

In total, it is recommended that you have four questions in total prepared for your interview. You only really need to ask two of these, but in some cases a couple of your questions may be answered during your interview.

Asking About The Role

This is a great way for your new potential employer to gauge your interest in the role. However, it’s important that you do not ask any questions that you may find the answer to in the job description, or that have been spoken about in your interview.

Asking About The Company

The position you are applying for is vital to ask a question about at the end of your interview, as you want to ensure that you know as much about what you will be expected to do as possible, but you also want to show your interest in the position.

Saying this, it is just as important to ask about the company itself. Find out about it’s values and how it treats its staff. A highly valued question to ask in your interview would be to do with progression within the company. Not only does it bode well with your interviewers, but it also allows you to really discover if the company is right for you.

Asking About Your Interviewer

The person who is interviewing you is most likely to be either the person you are working with, or working underneath, so this is a great opportunity to ask about their experiences with the company, in their role, and the department.

Great question to ask could be: “What are the long-term goals for our department?”, or “Do we have any major developments or projects happening in the near future that I should look forward to working on?”.

Asking your interviewer personal questions in regards to their experience with the company can also be well received as they show your interpersonal skills, and that you work well with others. A good question to ask could be, “What aspect of your role did you find the most challenging when you started with the company?”. This type of question shows that you want to have a deeper understanding of people on your team, but also of what the company is expecting of you.

What Not To Ask

With plenty of things to ask and a burning want to know more about your prospective role, there are some questions that you should not ask during this time.

Firstly, try not to bring up your salary directly. In some cases, salary can be competitive - based on the candidate's experience - so it’s a sensible idea to research salaries for that role in your geographic area and ask if they have the budget for the role in between those salaries.

It can also be alarming to your potential new employers if you bring up questions regarding time off and/or benefits and rewards. This can be off putting as it may suggest that you are only interested in the job for the wrong reasons.

Being Prepared For The Workplace

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