Top questions to ask at interview

Written by: UCAS
Published on: 15 Apr 2019

Don’t rush off at the end of a job interview. It’s your chance to find out if the position’s right for you too.

You might want to dash off at the end of a job interview; but equally you don’t want to give a bad impression. When things are wrapping up, you’ll usually be asked if you have any questions. Having some intelligent points to add might be what seals the deal.

Remember don’t ask the questions you really want to know the answers to, like, what’s the salary, how many days holiday to I get and what are the perks?  These will not give a good impression and you can ask these after they’ve offered you the job. 

It’s fine to write your questions down before you go – so you don’t draw any blanks in the interview room. Normally, having three or four questions up your sleeve is enough… but read the situation as you go. 

Here are a few of the most familiar: 

Why do you like working here?
This question gives you the chance to assess if the interviewer enjoys working at the company and also to see if your interests match theirs.  

If I wanted to develop my career, what opportunities are there here?
This shows that you want to develop and don’t just want to clock in and out. It also gives you an idea if they like to promote people and that it’s not a dead end job.

If I were to focus on one priority in my first three months, what would it be?
There is loads of information to take in and this question shows that you know how to prioritise and that you know how to focus on the things that are important to the company.

Why is there a vacancy for this job?
The answer to this question will help you to work out if the company have promoted someone or if they have left. Sometimes it might be a new role they are interviewing for which might mean they are expanding, which is good for career development.

I noticed from your website that you’ve, for example, recently entered a new market…
This question shows that you have done some research before your interview and that you have a genuine interest in the company and the market they work in. It also shows that you have a good level of knowledge about the industry.

Do you have any doubts about me being suitable for the role?
As one of the last questions asked it’ll leave you and them in a positive frame of mind about your competence. And it’s always nice to get a little ego boost…!

What happens next and when can I expect to hear from you?
This question is really important. It shows that you are eager to move things forward and also manages your expectations about when you are likely to hear back.

At the end of the day, remember that an interview is two-sided. It’s just as much an opportunity for you to find out about the people and the organisation you’ll be committing to.