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Top questions that a jobseeker should ask at Interview…

What are the opportunities for promotion and career advancement within the company? This will again give you more detailed information about how the company develops its’ people. For example, you may find out that the vacancy you are applying for has arisen as a result of someone being promoted internally. The interviewer may give examples of other employees who started out in certain roles and have progressed through the ranks, detailing briefly how they have done so. Alternatively you may find out about internal career development programmes that the company offers. To the interviewer it shows that you are ambitious and are looking at the company for the long term.

Does the company have any further plans for expansion? You may be able to expand on this question by mentioning company expansion and successes to date – thereby highlighting or reiterating that you have done your research on the company. You will also get a better insight into what the future does hold. To the interviewer it demonstrates that you are looking at the bigger picture, beyond the role itself.

When will you be making a decision about the position? This will of firstly let you find out if there are other stages in the recruitment process e.g. a further interview, an assessment centre etc. It also will give you a clearer understanding of the time-frames involved and of course what levels of competition you may have e.g. the interviewer may advise you that they are doing another 2 full days of interviews etc.
Crucially though, you will find out when they are planning to make their decision and how you will find out about it.

Please remember – this is not a definitive list, simply our guidelines. We would love therefore to hear from you on any with any additional questions that you feel should be asked – simply use the comments section below…

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14 Responses to “Top questions that a jobseeker should ask at Interview…”

  1. Here are some more to add to your great list!

    Questions about checking the mutual ‘fit’ with an employer or job:
    • What is the best thing about working here?
    • What is the most challenging thing about working here/this role?
    • What are the prospects for (further) progression or internal mobility?
    • What is the predominant management or leadership style here?
    • How do people have a voice in your organisation/this section?
    • How would you describe the organisational/section culture?
    • What excites you about the future here/in this section?

    Questions about the job or role:
    • How will you support or invest in me so I can be at my best?
    • How much autonomy/responsibility/accountability will I have?
    • What support is there for dealing with difficulties?
    • If I got the job, where would you expect to see me in ‘X’ year’s time?
    • What is the question you want me to ask right now?

    Posted by David Shindler (@daShcoaching) | November 9, 2011, 1:39 pm
  2. Great lists and so important to have a couple of good questions at the end as it sets a positive end note (when the natural desire may be for the interviewee to run out of the building-resist the temptation!)

    Important if at all possible to display some active listening skills. If you can replay back any comment that the interviewer has made during the course of the meeting and ask a relevant question on it it will display both strong listening skills and good information processing skills.

    Remember that the interviewer will be trying to sell the organisation and role to you so getting them to expand on any points that they have made will encourage an active discussion and demonstrate that you can concentrate under pressure!!

    Posted by Denise | November 9, 2011, 6:01 pm
  3. Also – don’t forget to ask the interviewer/s about them personally. This is a great opportunity to get them to sell themselves to you as a potential employer. Remember that the interview is not just about the interviewer working out if you are right for them… you should also be asking yourself “is the interviewer some one that represents the business in the right light”. By asking questions such as “When did you join the business and do you remember what it was that attracted you to the position”. You could also ask if they had a chance to do a straw-poll of their team what would they say was the best thing about working for the company. If you are interviewing for a role that requires some sort of professional qualification, ask them what and when they studied – it could be they studied for exactly the same as you and at the same institution.

    Posted by Colin Crowley | November 11, 2011, 5:58 pm
  4. As above i think that these represent a great agenda. Too often we may have read the interviewer and come to a decision but we do not test the situation which.#’ even if we are rejected must make them think and will have to be part of the feedback. In the current environment I know we cannot manipulate the interview in days long past but anything that makes them think or makes them have to answer a question helps us on the path to proactive process in what we know will be shallow waters. Thanks for the tips.

    Posted by c46e | November 11, 2011, 8:09 pm
  5. I agree that these are all great and I have used many of them in interviews. I sometimes ask about their support for staff involved in charitable initiatives and the company’s own involvement as well.

    Posted by unemployed | November 12, 2011, 4:49 pm


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