Top questions job seekers should ask in an interview
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By Rebecca Langdon
Each interview is different, with some being a fluid conversation, whilst others take a more
rigid/traditional format. In a more traditional interview format, the candidate will typically only get a
real opportunity to ask questions at the end. It has come to be that candidates are often expected to
come prepared with a few well informed and interesting questions to ask of the interviewers.
Arriving at an interview ill prepared, without questions, may even be frowned upon by interviewers.
It could affect your chances of being successful at interview.
I always advise candidates to be thoroughly prepared before every interview they attend. This
should include research on the company and interviewer background. Try looking on LinkedIn, the
company website, and other online resources. It is also worthwhile seeing if there is recent news on
the company. During your research, use it as an opportunity to write a long list of everything you
want to know about the company, the role, and the team. Hopefully most of the answers to your
questions will come out during the interview.
In the meantime, here are some ideas of questions to get you started:
1. Would there be external training possibilities?
2. How does this role contribute to the strategic direction of the business?
3. Does the organisation do succession planning?
4. Will there be business travel opportunities?
5. Where do you see the role progressing in the next few years?
6. How is employee performance measured and how frequently?
7. What do you personally enjoy most about working for the organisation?
8. How is this group/team viewed by senior management?
9. How long do people typically stay in this role?
10. What are the next steps/stages in the recruitment process?