Job interviews are a two-way thing. Use these questions to ask at a job interview to find out if the employer would be a good fit for you!
5 Things to Ask Your Interviewer
It’s important to make sure the organisation is a good fit for your personality, career goals, and work style. Asking your interviewer questions helps you do this. It’ll also prevent an awkward, “Err, no, you’ve already covered everything!” moment when they ask you if there’s anything you want to know.
Do your research and have these questions up your sleeve to ask your interviewer.
1. What would a typical day in the role look like?
Interviewers like to generalise and focus on the great things you’ll do in the job – but those highlights might come once or twice a year.
Get a good idea of what you’ll be expected to do each day to find out if you’ll be chained to your desk, have independence, work with lots of teams, or anything else that is a must-have or no-way element on your ‘what I want from a job’ list.
2. How could I expect to progress in the company?
This question helps you and the interviewer. For them, it shows that you have ambition and long-term plans to stay in a company for a while.
For you, it helps you find out if the structure is very flat or if there’s enough opportunity to progress, take on more responsibility and – of course – increase your salary and benefits package.
3. Who will be on my immediate team?
It’s always good to find out who you’ll be working with on a day-to-day basis. You might report to just one person, or be expected to juggle tasks with a team of ten or more.
It’s also a good time to find out how teams are structured within the company, and how things like appraisals are handled. This shows the interviewer you’re interested in your future with the company as well as the fact you’re taking an interest in the wider operations of the business.
4. What do you enjoy about working here?
Interviewers are people too! Asking this question – and watching their reaction – can tell you a lot about a working environment. If they don’t hesitate and smile when talking about the job, they’re more likely to really enjoy it.
A big pause or a shrug of the shoulder (even when saying something positive) are big red flags for you to watch out for. If they can’t talk about something they like about their job or the company, it’s a warning sign that all might not be as it seems on the surface.
5. Do you have any queries about my suitability for the role?
This is a great question to finish up with, as it lets you immediately address any potential question marks the interviewer may have about your ability to do the job.
They might ask about gaps in your CV history, for example. It’s a good time to tell them more about yourself and make sure you’re not leaving them with doubt about your ability to do the job well.
Questions to Prepare for in Your Job Interview
Now you know what to ask at an interview to look prepared, organised, and interested in the role – it’s time to get ready for the questions you’ll face.
Check out our article all about the most common interview questions – and how to answer them well.