A job interview is not one way traffic. The interviewer will ask you questions so that they can learn about you. They want to know about your skills, your previous experience and what sort of person you are. You can learn more about the types of questions your can expect at
It's also a chance for you to learn more about the company and the role. You might want to know if this new position is something that will maintain your interest for years to come. Or, if there are other opportunities inside that company. At every interview the interviewer will give you a chance to ask a question. You should always have at least one prepared question ready. Do research into the company and have at least one question ready based on that research.
A good question will give you a better idea about the company or role, but will also show that you're interested enough to have done research. Employers want that in their candidates.
As you read about the company, make notes about what you'd like to talk about during the interview. Look at how the company is perceived by others. Do their customers leave reviews online about them? Has there been recent press coverage? Is their website current? You will no-doubt find a few items that you could ask about.
One of the golden rules in an interview is to avoid asking "closed questions". A closed question is one that can be answered with one word – normally yes or no. This rule applies to the interviewer and to you. Ask a question that allows the interviewer to actually give you some information. You will want to learn something from the answer.
Here are some examples of questions that you might want to ask. None of these avoid the need for research though. You will want to use specific information about the company in your question, to show that you've done that research.
- How would an existing employee describe the culture of the company?
What is expected from someone in this position – in the first three months and after a year? How could someone in this position be seen as a successful hire?
You have given me a big picture view of what this role entails. Can you talk me though some of the more day-to-day tasks that I would be expected to complete?
Where do you see the company being in 5 years? This is a common question for interviewers to ask candidates. It's a great question because they can learn a lot about your motivations and ambitions. It's also a good question for you to ask.
Who are your competitors and what do they do better than you?
What is your favourite thing about working for this company?
What are the career opportunities for someone starting in this role today which allow them to flourish within this company?
What happens next in the interview process?
Asking about salary or the perks is a no-no. You don't want to seem like you're only interested in the money. Wait until your interviewer brings it up. Even if they don't, you will have an opportunity to talk money at either the next stage or when you are offered the position. This will also give you a chance to negotiate.