20 Great questions to ask in interviews

What questions should I ask in an interview?

“So, is there anything you’d like to ask us…” Boy do those words strike fear into the hearts of most people! It’s the end of the interview and now it’s your turn to ask a few smart questions to impress them – but what to ask? Do NOT start asking about holiday/ vacation, or the finer details of the salary arrangements, instead ask questions that show how keen you are to work there and develop in the role.

Below are 20 great questions to ask at the end of your interview – I hope you find them helpful.

The Top Twenty

So here,you go, 20 great questions to ask during your interview. Please do NOT ask all 20 at once, 2 or 3 should be fine – 4 maximum. Make sure that you only ask questions that could not have been answered by better research prior to the interview. Also please don’t repeat them verbatim, word them in a style that you’re comfortable with.

  1. How is the team I’d be joining viewed by the rest of the organisation?
  2. How is success measured in this job?
  3. Who are the key decision makers/ departments I’ll need to be working in partnership with, and how would you describe them?
  4. What are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
  5. What would you say are the top 3 priorities for someone taking this job?
  6. Why did the previous person leave/ how did the position become available?
  7. What opportunities are there for structured learning and development?
  8. If I were offered this role, what could I be doing before my start date to ensure I hit the ground running?
  9. What’s the most important thing I could do to make a positive impact within the first 3 months?
  10. What would you say are the biggest challenges this company is currently facing?
  11. What are the opportunities for promotion within the organisation?
  12. Why are you recruiting externally for this role?
  13. What’s the make up of the team I’d be joining in terms of experience and qualifications?
  14. What would you describe as being the biggest frustrations I’d face in this role?
  15. Who would I be reporting directly to and how long have they been in post?
  16. How are the targets set and would I have any input into that process?
  17. How do you see the role developing?
  18. Have there been any recent restructures? And, if so, how did they affect the team I’d be joining?
  19. Who do you see as the organisations main competitors and what differentiates you from them?
  20. Is there anything I’ve said, or not said, that has given you any concerns as to whether I can do this job?

Good luck!

So there you go, 20 great questions to ask during your interview. Now there’s no excuse to be tongue tied at the end of the interview.

Beth Pipe is a Learning and Development Professional and freelance writer.
You can find more of her professional work here: bethpipe.hubpages.com/
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