Top Questions to Ask Potential Employers in a Job Interview

Anyone who has ever been to a job interview knows that all too often, you are so focused on answering questions from the employer that you can easily forget any questions that you ought to be asking.

But asking questions is important for many reasons. Firstly, it allows you to find out things that recruitment agents may not know, or that may apply directly to something mentioned during the interview. Making a list of questions to take with you into the interview will help you remember what you wanted to ask – make sure that you ask the right questions however if you want to make a good impression in the process.

Asking the Right Questions During Your Job Interview
It’s not enough to just ask the first thing that pops into your head. When you’re nervous, it becomes easier to say the first thing that you think of though, which makes it even more important to think beforehand of what you should be asking. Then, there are the questions that are better left unasked, too…

Questions that you should be asking in your first (or second) job interview include the following:

  • What are some of the main responsibilities required for this position?
  • What would a typical work day or work week look like in this position?
  • Is this a new position, and if not, where did the previous employee go?
  • What would be your ideal candidate for this job?
  • What are the opportunities offered for growth and progression?
  • If I am given an offer for this job, how soon would I be expected to start?
  • When should I expect to receive feedback regarding the interview and application?

Questions that you should avoid asking on the other hand, include the following:

  • What does your business do? You should already know this if you did your homework before the interview – not knowing shows that you have little interest in the company or the position.
  •  How long will I need to wait for a promotion? Another question that could show a lack of interest, this one will be taken to mean that the current position is not one that you care much for and that you are waiting to move onwards instead.
  • So, do I have the job? Aside from sounding rude, this makes employers feel rushed and put on the spot. It also makes you seem impatient. Rather than being so blunt, ask about how the hiring process works or refer to our question on getting feedback after the interview.

As a good rule of thumb, it can help to imagine what kind of questions that you would expect if you were in the employer’s shoes. Doing some research beforehand or even asking your recruiter for advice on the company and their interviewing style can go a long way in preparing for your job interview as well.