You already know that an interview isn’t just a chance for the hiring manager to test you with interview questions – it’s your opportunity to sniff out whether a job is a right fit for you. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team? We’ve put together a list of key questions to ask in an interview. When the inevitable, “So, do you have any questions for us?” part of the interview comes, use these questions for an interviewer.
List of questions to ask in an interview
- What would be day-to-day job responsibilities?
- Is this a new role that has been created?
- Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
- Who will I work with most closely?
- Who will I report to directly?
- How would you describe the work environment here—is the work typically collaborative or more independent?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
Having a list of questions to ask an interviewer makes you look interested, enthusiastic, and engaged – all qualities that the employer will be looking for. It also gives you one final chance to further highlight your relevant qualities and experience. Not having any questions to ask will give the impression of unpreparedness and a lack of interest in the role. Try to come up with at least two or three questions to ask the interviewer. That way, if one or two of them are answered during the earlier discussion, you have backups in place.
Avoid asking questions that focus too much on what the organization can do for you. Save questions about salary and holiday allowance for when you’ve got a job offer. Also, stay away from questions that require a yes or no answer, as you’re likely to find this information on the company’s website. While it’s ok to ask your interviewer to clarify certain points, avoid asking about anything that has previously been covered. You don’t want them to think that you haven’t been paying attention.