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Questions to ask at the end of an interview

If you want to show an employer you are prepared and interested make sure you are ready with questions to ask at the end of an interview.

You’re coming to the end of your interview for your dream role at an amazing company. It’s gone well so far, you just need to keep impressing and finish strong. You couldn’t predict the questions they would ask, but you can be almost certain that the final thing they will ask is “Do you have any questions for me?”. If you really want the job, your answer should always be yes.

Make sure you have a list of questions ready to go – aim for at least 4-5, that way you will still have questions to ask if some are answered during the interview as a backup.

A few top tips when deciding on questions

  • Avoid questions that focus too much on what the organisation can do for you.
  • Save salary and benefit queries for when they offer you the job.
  • Avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, unless they can be built on.
  • Clarifying earlier topics is fine, but make sure you are not making your interviewer repeat themselves.
  • If you think you could find the answer on their website, then avoid asking about it.
  • If you can, choose questions that will further highlight your skills and experience. 

What questions should I ask at the end of my interview?

What would a typical day look like for me?

This question will give you an insight into what the role actually looks like for you. This means you have a good idea of what the employer’s expectations are, what skills and experience are a priority and the level of seniority you will have.

It can help you decide if the role is right for you and help you avoid any surprises when you start.

What opportunities are there for training and development?

Asking about development opportunities lets the interviewer know that you are serious about your career and looking to grow with the business.

It also helps you assess whether this particular role is a long-term career decision or whether you will be stuck in the same position with no progression.

Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?”

Asking about future plans shows a genuine interest in the company and displays your commitment to a long-term plan.

It can also give you some insight into the company’s market position, job security and upcoming projects that may affect you or your potential team.

What is the working culture like?

Delve into what the company prioritises in its team. Do they focus on employee well-being and mental health, CSR initiatives, benefits to promote work-life balance? Try to work out how you would fit in and if they align with your personal values and requirements.

This will give you a clear view of the company structure and your level of seniority based on who you are reporting to and who is reporting to you.

You could take this as an opportunity to highlight your own experience working in a similar team setup, just to further solidify your compatibility with the role.

What do you enjoy about working here?

This can create a more comfortable and relaxed environment and give you the most honest view of the development opportunities and company culture that is present. After all, everyone likes talking about themselves!

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