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Remember, your interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills, but they are being interviewed by you as much as you are by them! This is your golden opportunity to determine if the role is right fit for you, so it goes without saying you need to make your questions count!

We recommend you prepare at least 2-3 questions that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to succeed in the role and the fact that you’ve done some homework. While it’s ok to ask your interviewer to clarify certain points, make sure you aren’t asking about something that has already been covered. Here’s our top pick of some insightful questions to ask at the end of your interview.

  1. What types of skills are the team missing that you’re looking to fill with this position?
  2. What’s the most exciting project coming up in the next 12 months?
  3. What would be the most challenging thing for someone in this role to get used to?
  4. What methods do you use to motivate and inspire your team?
  5. How are you currently engaging your staff working from home during the current pandemic? Daily, weekly catch ups?
  6. How would you define ‘success’ for the person in this role?
  7. Do you often collaborate within the company?
  8. What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
  9. What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
  10. What do you like best about working for this company?

Questions NOT to ask:

  1. What benefits does the company offer?
  2. How many days holiday will I get?
  3. How many hours will I be expected to work? Can I be flexible?
  4. How often do reviews occur?
  5. Will my social networking profiles be monitored?
  6. How quickly do you promote employees?

Beware, asking something inappropriate or unprofessional could be more harmful than asking no questions at all! Bad questions will send all the wrong signals to recruiters and could easily jeopardise what was otherwise a great interview!

Asking questions about: employee benefits, salary, annual leave or the company’s sickness policy should not be discussed in the interview unless the employer brings it up first. You can, of course, talk about salary and benefits following a formal job offer.

If you’re considering your next career step, get in touch with one of our expert recruitment consultants for a confidential chat about the career options available to you or check out our live roles here.

Check out our other helpful articles here: Covid Job HuntingAce your Telephone Interview, Interview Preparation Tips, 10 SMART Questions to ask at your Interview, How to Ace Your Phone Interview

We hope you are all keeping well and safe, best of luck with your job search!