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10 questions you need to ask your interviewer

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s easy to forget that an interview is a two-way street. Not only does the interviewer need to find out if you’re the right candidate for them but you need to find out if this is the right job for you.

While you can learn a lot from the website of the company you’re applying for and the job description, asking your interviewer questions gives you a real insight.

The questions you ask can reveal a lot about you that isn’t written down on your CV. Not only does it make you look interested in the role, but it can show credentials you haven’t had an opportunity to elaborate on, you and your interviewers’ priorities and even where the employers are in the hiring process.

Have at least five questions prepared before you go to your interview. This will leave you enough questions to ask at the end, even if some of them are covered during the interview.

They could be from the examples below or more specific to the role you’re applying for.

1. Could you describe a normal day in this position?
2. What do you feel are the key objectives of this position?
3. How does the company expect these objectives to be met?
4. How is success in this position measured/indicated?
5. What have you found to be the most commonly occurring problems for this position?
6. What are your quarterly/yearly goals for this position?
7. Do you offer any developmental opportunities?
8. What will my team structure look like?
9. Are there any opportunities to advance in this company?
10. I’m really excited about this position, but do you feel that I have the right qualifications and skills for you?

Even if you aren’t invited to ask questions by your interviewer, you should still ask for the opportunity to air any thoughts you may have.

Questions to avoid!

Don’t ask anything that can obviously be answered by the company’s website. The lack of research will reflect badly on you.

“Selfish” questions such as hours, holidays and perks make you look less interested in the role at hand and more interested in the paycheck.