“Do you have any questions for us?” Exactly what should you ask at a job interview?

Job interview tips
What should I ask at a job interview?

Whilst most people preparing for a job interview will perhaps focus solely on how best to answer questions put to them, it’s important to remember that an interview is very much a two-way street. For many reasons, asking questions is almost just as important as answering them.

A good employer (hell, even bad ones) will usually provide you with the chance to ask questions, whether during the interview, or at the end. Always make use of the opportunity – you never know, your questions could be what differentiates you from the competition.

You may ask why it’s important to have questions prepared for your interviewer. Simply put, by not asking any questions, you will come across as ill-prepared and disinterested in the role you’re interviewing for.  

Asking questions is a good way to demonstrate to your prospective employer you’ve given the role plenty of thought. It is also a great chance for you to genuinely learn more about the role you are applying for and, given you ask the right kind of questions, leave a positive, lasting impression.

When asking questions, try to stick with open-ended ones, rather than “yes”/”no” ones.

Need food for thought? Below is a list of good questions you could ask in case you’re low on ideas. It goes without saying, but do not ask anything they’ve already covered in the job description or over the course of your interview – this will just prove you weren’t paying attention in the first place.

-          Why is this position open?

-          Can you give me an example of how you develop people?

-          What opportunities does your company provide for advancement?

-          What does a typical working day look like in this role?

-          What is the toughest part of the role I’m applying for?

-          How is performance measured within the company?

-          What do you enjoy the most about working here?

-          Where do you see the company in five years?

-          What do you think are the company’s strengths compared to its competitors?

-          What was the company’s biggest success in the past year?

-          How would you describe your ideal employee for this role?


And what about questions you shouldn’t ask during an interview? We reckon that if you avoid the ones below, you’re probably doing rather well!

-          What does your company do?

-          What’s the salary?

-          So, when is the second interview?

-          What is the annual leave entitlement?

-          After I’m hired, how soon can I get promoted to your position?

-          What background checks do you do?

 

If you have any more job interview question examples our readers can use, please add them in the comments box below.

fresh Engineering Jobs

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

HS2 starts work on UK’s longest railway bridge

HS2 starts work on UK’s longest railway bridge

The Colne Valley Viaduct will be the UK’s longest railway bridge, stretching for more than two miles across a series of lakes and waterways between Hillingdon and the M25.   The railway bridge is designed to improve rail links between London, Birmingham and North, help

Ovarro pollution early-warning technology chosen by Anglian Water

Ovarro pollution early-warning technology chosen by Anglian Water

In a world-first, the UK utility is implementing early-warning system BurstDetect from technology company Ovarro, as part of its drive to eliminate serious pollution events in its region by 2025.   Through a dashboard, BurstDetect provides an overview of system status together with current

A smarter focus on wastewater flows and levels

A smarter focus on wastewater flows and levels

The Government has just concluded its consultation on developing a Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan (SORP). Andy Godley, from the Water Research Centre (WRc), looks at the latest developments in wastewater flows and levels.   It is difficult to argue with the sentiments behind the

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.