Can you tell me more about the company?
Ask about the clients they deal with, their industry and the
marketplace in general. This is a pretty generic solution, but you can
personalise it by asking about the workplace, what the environment is
like, and why it’s a great place to work.
This one is all about using your initiative. If your interviewer has
talked about the company at length, it’s probably worth leaving out.
However, if you’ve only talked about your role, use this opportunity to
show them what you’ve found out from your own research.
For example: ‘I found out from your website that honesty is one of
your key values. How do you demonstrate this throughout your business?’
Is this post a new or existing one?
This can help give you an idea of what’s expected of you, and can
lead to a wider discussion. If it is, then ask why it’s been created or
how your performance will be measured. If it’s an existing one, ask who
you’ll be replacing (and if they’re big shoes to fill).
Again, it’s best to use your initiative here (see above).
How many other people are there in the team?
If you’re going to be working as part of a larger team, it’s good to
get an idea of who that team consists of. What are their specific roles,
and how does that relate to this position? If you’ve talked about
working well in a team on your CV, this can be a great way of
demonstrating the point.
What would my day-to-day responsibilities be?
Find out what a typical day in the role would entail. Ask your
interviewer if they can describe your area of responsibility, and what
their expectations are. This way, there will be no surprises if you end
up being offered the job.
What are the promotion prospects?
How does this position fit into the company’s long-term plans? Is
there a clearly defined career path? Once again, this is a great way for
you to demonstrate your drive and desire to progress within the
Also, it’s a great way for your interviewer to demonstrate that you won’t be stuck in a dead end job.
Do you run any training schemes?
Similar to the previous question, this is another chance to find out about progression, development and training, but one which isn’t necessarily motivated by a promotion or financial
gain. Personal development can often be just as important as career development for job satisfaction.
Showing that you’re keen to keep learning can make you a much more desirable candidate.
What are the company’s plans for the future?
This can be a great question, indicating that you’re interested about
the business as a whole, and not just concentrating on yourself. It
will also allow management to brag (something that some managers enjoy
quite a bit).
There’s a possibility that you won’t always
understand everything your interviewers are talking about here. If all
else fails, just smile and nod.
How would you describe the ideal candidate?
Probably the killer question to ask. If you’ve built up a good
rapport by this point this question is perfect, and means you can find
out how well your answers have ticked the boxes.
This question is strong enough for you to not follow up. Especially
avoid saying how much it sounds like you. No matter how good your
rapport is, an oversized ego is never a good look.
When can I expect to hear from you?
Don’t forget this last one. This not only
shows you’re keen, it’s also good for your peace of mind. No-one wants
to sit by the phone for the next week, waiting for it to ring.
Of course, you don't have to stick to these questions, and
they won't necessarily work in every situation. Keep them in mind
though. You never know when they might come in handy.
whatever happens, remember: this is an extra opportunity to sell
yourself as the best person for the job. And one which you should take
full advantage of.