A job interview is a two-way street; they are interviewing you to ask questions and learn about your skills and experience, so you must too ask questions about the role, company, and leaders of the business to ensure it is the right job for you.
It is important as a job seeker that you ask questions to show the interviewer you are interested in the role and have prepared for the interview. Your opportunity to ask questions generally comes at the end of the interview. The best questions to ask are focused, open ended questions.
Example questions you could ask the interviewer:
- Can you explain the typical day for someone in this position?
- What training and support will this role receive in the first few weeks?
- What are they day-to-day responsibilities and expectations of this job?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 90 days, a year?
- What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job?
- How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured in this role? How often? And by who?
- What are the traits and skills of people who are most successful within the organisation?
- What is the company’s management style?
- Describe the culture of the company.
- What are the company values?
- How would you characterise the management philosophy of this organisation? Of your department?
- What is the organisations policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices?
- Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
- Does the organisation support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current in their fields?
- Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
- What do you like best about this organisation?
- How is the department perceived within the organisation?
- How many other candidates interviewing for this position?