Questions to ask in an interview and why

By Hannah Kingston

Wednesday September 9, 2020


It may seem obvious that there will always be questions to ask in an interview, or in the closing scenes of an interview. Sometimes, by the time you make it to the end of the conversation, you will feel that your mind has gone blank, you’re coming down from the rush of adrenaline from the beginning of the interview or you simply can’t think of anything else you need to know about the organisation or your role within it.

There are a number of reasons that it’s important to ask questions when given the opportunity. Firstly, the follow-up question stage of an interview gives you the opportunity to fill in the gaps around what you want and need to know about the organization you want to land a job in.

Secondly, it gives you the opportunity to further showcase your suitability to the position. You can ask questions about what the hiring manager would like to see in the ideal candidate and then follow that question up with examples on your suitability.

Thirdly, while you are asking questions, you can highlight some of the things that are important to you within an organization such as the organization’s culture and values. Finally, the question round of an interview gives you the chance to show off your personality if you choose to ask the interviewers some background details on their career to date.

If you feel that you have done all of the possible research you can on an organization, there are still questions you can ask to get more insight into what the role would look like on a day to day basis.

Questions to ask in an interview:

  • What are your wants and needs in the ideal candidate?
  • What has made people successful in this role before?
  • What does the career progression look like for someone in this role/department?
  • What do the day-to-day responsibilities look like for the future candidate?
  • What sort of person do you think would work into the current dynamics of the team?
  • What are the topline KPIs associated with this role?
  • What are the greatest challenges associated with this role?
  • What does success look like in this position?
  • What is the culture like within the organization?
  • Who will I be working most closely with?
  • Is there anything else you need to know about my background or skill set?
  • Do you have any more questions for me?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • Based on this conversation, would you say that I am a suitable candidate for the role?

After the interview, if you are interested in the role send an email to your interviewer and thank them for their time so that you stick out in their memory following the interview. If it feels appropriate, send an invitation to connect on LinkedIn

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