Attending any interview can be a daunting prospect but how prepared are you to ask the interviewer questions?

Did you know that the interview is a two-way process? Not only are the hiring managers asking you questions to see if you are the right person for their job; but you need to interview them to find out if the company and the position are right for you.

The best way to do this is to prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them during the interview process. If you ask open questions, e.g. those beginning ‘What?’, ‘How?’, ‘Where?’, ‘Who?’ or ‘Will?’ it will encourage your interviewer to talk and provide you with additional information.

Consider some of the following examples:

  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • What will my responsibilities be?
  • How has the position become vacant?
  • How will you assess my performance?
  • How does the role fit into the structure of the department?
  • How does the department fit into the organisation?
  • Who will I report to and are there persons reporting to me?
  • Where does my line manager fit into the structure?
  • What encouragement is given to undertake further training?
  • Who are your customers?
  • Where is the company going? Expansion plans?
  • Where is the specific location of the position?
  • Will the position entail travelling?
  • How soon will you decide on the appointment?
  • What is the next step?

If you can show that you are really interested in the job and the people then will portray the best first impression and stand the best chance of being offered the job.