9 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview

Understandably, when approaching an interview, the candidate focusses on how best to present themselves in terms of their skills, their experience, their behaviours and their competencies. Answering the questions put to you by the interviewer or panel is one way of demonstrating these.  Candidates are also given a very important second opportunity to engage with the interviewer and this is when they are asked “Do you have any questions for us?”

Asking questions of the interviewer has become a distinct part of the interview process, and a polite “thank you, you have covered everything I need to know” is really not enough.  By asking well-thought out and interesting questions, you are firstly demonstrating that you understand the dynamic of an interview and secondly recognising that it is a work situation in its own right.  Your ability to relate to those around you, whether colleagues or clients, will be reflected in how you contribute to the interview.  This also shows that you are prepared to make the extra effort to inform yourself about the role and the organisation, and to use that knowledge intelligently.

Questions at first interview should therefore generally focus on the role and the organisation , rather than bringing in details around terms and conditions.

Begin with the questions that you may have thought of during the course of the interview.  If you are applying for an office-based role and are asked to demonstrate how you handle difficult clients face to face, it is fair to ask how much direct client contact there is likely to be.  So always try to follow up any apparent differences between the role you thought you were going for and where the interview is leading. It is important to get these questions in first as you don’t know how much time you have.

If you have no immediate questions, it is good to have already prepared 5 or so questions about the role. You will probably only have time for 1, possibly 2, but many of them will probably have been covered.  Some examples could be:

  • I have recently undertaken some online training in (Health & Safety, programming, cyber security), I am very keen to continue to grow, what are the opportunities for Learning and Development in this role?
  • Has the vacancy come about through someone moving on, or is the team expanding?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing this role?
  • Can you tell me more about the structure of the team? Who would I be reporting to directly and who are my direct reports and/or team members?
  • Ask the interviewer about their own career path with the organisation.

If you feel all these questions about the role have been covered, think of one aspect that you are most interested in and ask for more detail, for example “You have said the team is expanding, are there likely to be further additions to the team in the near future?

Also think about some questions relating to the organisation.  Try and show the interviewer that you have been reading and thinking about the company.  For example:

  • I have read that the organisation has offices throughout the UK and has recently opened a new one in Newcastle. When conditions allow, do employees from the different offices meet up regularly?
  • I see the organisation supports XYZ charity. How do employees get involved in supporting or nominating a charity?
  • I see from your Social Media that you have recently launched a new product. Are you able to say if there is another one in the pipeline?
  • Is there a time of year when there is a greater demand for your products or services, or is demand fairly even throughout the year?

So apart from allowing you to access more important information about the role, questions to the interviewer also give you another chance to demonstrate analytic skills, curiosity and a willingness to contribute that bit extra.

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