Questions you should ask at a Job Interview

Questions you should ask at a Job Interview

So you’ve got yourself a job interview, well done. But what do you say when your interviewer asks you that inevitable question: ‘Do you have any questions for us?’. The tables have turned, so to speak. The end of the interview is in sight so you may be tempted to dismiss this with a simple ‘No, I don’t think so, thank you.’ But in doing so you are missing out on a great opportunity. Not only is it a chance to further make an impression and show the interviewer more about you, it is also an opportunity to end on a positive note.

Therefore as well as preparing for questions your interviewer will ask you, it is also a good idea to have a list of questions to ask your interviewer. The best questions to ask your interviewers are thoughtful, customised, grounded in research and prove you’ve been listening to your interviewer.

To help you KennedyPearce have created a list of questions you might like to ask.

What types of characteristics make employees successful here?

This is a nice, simple question to ask. Your interviewer will have a list of skills and attributes they are looking for and will be able to tell you more about the person they are looking for. Even if you don’t get the job, this is good feedback to take with you to your next interview.


What exactly would my day-to-day responsibilities be?

It is essential that you clearly understand your role and the tasks that you would be expected to undertake.  It is easy to make assumptions and get the wrong impression of what the work would be so it is vital for both sides that there is clarity in what is expected of you.


What are the prospects for (further) progression or internal mobility?

This type of question shows you are looking to the future and your aim in the company is to progress! In addition it will also provide you with some valuable information on how the internal structure of the company operates and what opportunities lie in the company. Keep in mind you never want to come across like a “what’s in it for me” candidate when asking about this.


During my research I read about the fact that [insert what you’ve learned here].  I was wondering [insert insightful question here].” 

This type of question shows you have done your research on the company and the industry. Be careful not to criticise the company or talk about any sensitive issues in the press. Instead focus on positives and issues you generally want to know about. Do some research and collaborate a question to fit.


Is there anything at all that you would like me to clarify or explain further?

You’ll be turning the tables on the turned tables with this one! But this is a great chance to expand and re-enforce your attributes to a previously given answer. Also it’s a good opportunity for the interviewer to address any concerns or confusion they have with your previous answers – a great chance to clear anything up!


How do you review staff performance?

Again this question will give you a greater insight into how the company operates internally. It will also let your interviewer know you are aware that performance is monitored and measured and that you are thinking about the long term.


So next time at your job interview be proactive instead of passive and ask intelligent questions. Remember not to criticise the company or focus on questions that give the impression you’re asking ‘What’s in it for me?’

Remember that these are just examples, and it is really important you do some research and tailor your questions to the company you are interviewing for. If you have any other question examples, we’d love to hear them!




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