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Why and what to ask following “do you have any questions”

Posted about 2 years ago by Rebecca Thomas

The interview is nearly over, you think you’ve aced it! And then you’re asked “Do you have any questions”.

The answer to this question should always be yes.

Not only because it shows the interviewer that you’re interested and engaged in the company and role, but because it gives you a chance to learn about where you could be working and discover whether it is truly the perfect fit for you.

Always remember that interviews are a two-way street, and this final question is your chance to interview the employer, not just to address anything that needs clarifying.

Before going into the interview it would be wise to prepare some questions to ask.

Questions for clarity

+ What would be my key priorities over the first few months?

+ What kind of software/hardware will I be working with? And what tools will be in place to help me learn them if I need to?

+ What is your policy on flexible working? And what are your expectations around this?

+ How has this role come around?

+ What will be my biggest challenge in this role?

+ What are the next steps in the interview process?

+ If it’s not clear - what are you expecting to pay the successful applicant?

Questions about culture

+ How would your team describe the culture here?

+ What type of people are successful here?

+ What do you enjoy the most about working here?

+ What are your core values and how do you ensure you live up to them?

+ Why have people left the company previously?

Questions about personal development and growth

+ How can I contribute towards the company vision over the next year to 3 years?

+ How do you help your team to up-skill and develop?

+ What does your team look like in the next 3 years?

+ Will there be any training on offer to me?

+ Are there promotion opportunities within this role?

The list about what you can ask is truly endless and will help to guide you towards a stronger understanding of the company, it’s culture and opportunities for the future. Once all of your questions have been answered, don’t forget to wrap things up with a positive statement about your interest in the role, thanking them for their time and most importantly what the next steps are in the process.

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