Top Questions To Ask In An Interview

From questions about the role, to the team you'll be working with, here's our pick of the top questions to ask in an interview.

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Job interviews can be exciting and daunting at the same time, and there’s a lot to think about when you’re prepping for the big day. Although the interview process is geared towards helping your interviewers assess how you would fit in with their company and whether you’re suitable for the role, it’s also your opportunity to get to know the company better and to work out if it’s a good fit for you.

While prepping for the questions the interviewers are likely to ask you, you should also make a list of questions ready to ask them. Well thought-out questions will help you clarify any doubts you have about the company as well as showing the interviewer that you’re seriously considering the role and are picturing yourself working there.

Knowing what you want to ask your interviewers beforehand will make you appear confident, interested, and engaged with the entire interview process and means you’re less likely to hesitate when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions for them – they will often do this towards the end of the interview.

It's a good idea to have several questions up your sleeve, just in case you already cover some of them during the interview.


Questions to avoid asking

There are some questions that it’s better not to ask in an interview. Firstly, try not to ask the interviewer about things that can be easily sourced from the company’s website as you don’t want to look like you haven’t done your research. It is also good to avoid going over ground that has already been covered during the interview, although it’s okay to ask for clarifications if you need to. When it comes to money, there are no set rules for talking about salary in an interview, but it may be a better to ask about salary at a second interview rather than your first, or to leave that question out of the interview entirely, and instead have that conversation with your recruiter rather than the employer directly.

Here's our pick of the key questions to ask at a job interview.


Questions about the role

Asking a couple of questions about the position you are interviewing for will show interviewers you have a genuine interest in the job and that you are trying to see yourself in the position.

  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this role?

    The answer to this question will help you understand what is expected from you as well as what skills are needed to be successful in the role. On top of that, knowing exactly what to except can assist you in deciding if the job is suited to your skills, abilities, and experience as well as helping you avoid unwelcome surprises when you start working. If the responsibilities of the role are already covered inP a g e | 4 detail within the job advert, however, you can probably skip this question so that it you don’t come across as unprepared.
  • How could I impress you in the first three months?

    This question shows interviewers that you are serious about succeeding in your role. It can also help you uncover any challenging aspects of the job or important focus areas. Depending on how the interviewer answers, you may also discover a little bit about their managerial style.
  • Can you tell me a bit about the team I’ll be working in?

    The answer to this question will give you an idea of how the company structures its teams and who you’ll report to. You may learn a little about the team dynamic and working methods, which is good to as these are the people you’ll be working with every day.

Questions about the interviewer

Asking the interviewer some questions about themselves builds rapport as well as giving you the inside track on life at the company.

  • What is your favourite part of working here?

    Asking a personal question about their opinion about the company can help you learn a lot about your potential future manager as well as the company culture. Additionally, your interviewer’s level of enthusiasm can be a really positive sign - or raise a potential red flag!
  • How long have you been with the company and has your role changed much since you’ve been here?

    This question can help you uncover what attracted the interviewer to this particular company, how long they’ve stayed with it, and how they have progressed since they joined. This demonstrates how the company invests in retaining their talent and keeping their employees happy and satisfied in their jobs.

Questions about training and development

It’s important to know that you can have a future within a company, so you’ll want to find out about the learning and development opportunities available.

  • What opportunities does the company offer for training and professional development?

    This question demonstrates to the interviewer that you are looking for a long-term future with the company. It also shows you are career focused and have the drive to succeed. The answer to this question can tell you whether the company has an active training and development program, and what your chances are of growing professionally within the organisation and finding ongoing job satisfaction through new challenges and opportunities.
  • What have previous employees in this position moved on to?

    Although it is essential that the role you’re going for feels right for you, right now, asking this question can help you understand what your career path at the company could look like. Along with the training and development options available, finding out how previous employees have progressed can help you understand whether there is room within the role, and at the company, to take on new responsibilities and grow professionally. This may also be a good time to ask about performance appraisals or company specific-projects and campaigns, giving you a better picture of how things work at the company and the kind of projects you could get involved in.

As the interview is coming to a close, if the employer doesn't give an indication of what happens next, then a good way to wrap things up is by asking about the next steps and when you can expect to hear from them.

For more career advice, check out our other candidate blogs here. If you need help updating your CV or to find out about our latest roles, contact your local Adecco branch and connect with a recruiter today!

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