Do you have a job interview coming up? If the answer is yes, hopefully you’ve started your preparation by researching the company, familiarising yourself with the job description and practising your responses to common interview questions.
But what about planning the questions you’re going to ask at the end of the job interview? After all, an interview should be a two-way street where you get to find out more about the company and whether it’s the type of place you want to work in.
As such, it’s important to come armed with a number of questions to ask at the end of the job interview. Here’s some ideas for inspiration.
1. How would you describe the company culture?
This is a great question to find out more about what the organisation is like to work in. A company’s culture needs to match your own style of working, otherwise it will be a waste of both of your time.
For example, it might be that you favour a ‘heads down’ environment, but like to unwind with your colleagues at the pub after work. You might want to work somewhere that promotes a great work-life balance, or one that has some quirky office features.
Whatever it might be, it’s good to ask this question as it also gets the employer thinking!
2. What is your favourite part of working here?
Another one that urges your interviewer to think on their feet is to ask what they enjoy most about working for the company. After all, what better way to find out whether it’s the right employer for you than asking one of its employees!
It’s also a great way to build rapport with your interviewer, turning the conversation back to them.
3. What are the main challenges I’d face in this role?
While your interviewer will obviously talk through the benefits of working for them and how great the role is, it’s important to get down to the nitty gritty. After all, you don’t want to turn up on your first day, only to find that the role wasn’t what you were expecting.
By asking about the key challenges of the role, you also show that you’re aware there may be obstacles. You want to be able to show that you’re happy to work hard to overcome such barriers. It also gives you a chance to highlight situations where you’ve overcome challenges in the past.
4. What routes for progression are there?
If you’re an ambitious individual, you’ll probably want to know what a traditional career path looks like in the company.
Asking this question helps you to discover whether there will be opportunities to get a promotion further down the line. If it doesn’t sound like there will be – it might not be the right role for you.
Another variation on this question is to ask what the previous employee in the role has gone on to do.
5. What qualities are you looking for in a successful candidate?
While the employer may have outlined key requirements in the job description, this is a good question to take this one-step further. By asking about the qualities they’re looking for in an ideal candidate, you could uncover valuable information and then show why you’re a good fit.
For example, if their response was that they were looking for someone who can come in, take ownership of the team and introduce new ways of completing tasks, this is a great opportunity to provide a practical example of a time where you’ve done this previously.
6. Are you interviewing many other candidates?
Finding out how many other candidates you’re competing against can be extremely useful. Plus, if the answer is not very many, this is a good confidence booster for you!
While some individuals may get nervous about asking such a direct question, it can be useful and is definitely one to leave until the very end of the interview.
7. When can I expect to hear back from you?
Finally, it’s a good idea to get an idea of timelines. After all, you may be juggling other job offers or interviews. What’s more, some companies do take a while to make a decision and you don’t want to wait around for too long if the answer is going to be no.
It’s also a natural, good question to end on as it isn’t too personal.
Prepare your questions to ask at the end of the interview
These are just a handful of examples and there’s a load of other, more role-specific questions that you may choose to ask. Whatever you do, make sure you turn up to your interview with a list of questions at the ready, as this is a sure-fire way to make a great impression.