9 interview questions you should ask!

Often when we go for an interview we spend so long thinking about the answers we’ll give to interview questions that we forget to consider what questions we might want to ask. “Do you have any questions?” can be a tough one to answer, but it’s just as important to prepare for as all the others questions. Having prepared questions shows your interviewer that you’re really interested in both the role and the company. Plus an interview is a two way street, you’re not just selling yourself, you’re learning about the organisation and seeing whether it’s the right fit for you.

1) What does the future of the company look like?

Asking about the future of the company shows the interviewer that you’re picturing yourself in the role on a long term basis. The answer to this question also gives you a clearer view of where your role could lead and whether that’s a direction you’re happy with. For example if the company is going through a period of growth and your role is a key position, then you could see development in your role too. Alternatively if you find out the company is heading in a direction you’re not comfortable with then it’s important that you find out before you make any decisions.

2) Where do you see the role going?

As well as knowing about the future of the company, you’ll want to know specifically about the future of the role you’re applying for. Again this shows the interviewer how interested you are in the role and helps you discover what they see in the future, whether that be additional people management or taking on different responsibilities for example.

3) What would a typical day in the role look like?

It might seem a little bit of a cliche but knowing how the role looks day to day is important. If you’re envisaging a hands on role where you can get heavily involved at ground level and the interviewer describes much more of a top level directing role then that might raise some concerns for you or help you realise that the role isn’t right for you before you make the move.

4) Why has the role become available?

This is an important question to ask so you can see whether you’re replacing someone who has already established the role, or entering a completely new role where you’ll have to carve out the responsibilities. Think about what you want, would you prefer to enter a role gently and learn the ropes or have autonomy to really set the agenda.

5) How will you judge the success of the candidate in this role?

Learning how success is judged within the organisation will help you learn more about the culture. For example, is it all lead and sales focussed where your success will be judged on revenue or will it be looked at wider, for example how your direct reports perform. Also get an idea of the timescale that they expect these objectives to be met, for example do they need everything done yesterday or do they look longer term.

6) What do you enjoy about working here?

Whether you’re being interviewed by the business owner or a senior manager, knowing what they enjoy about working within the business is really important. Is it the people that keeps them engaged in what they do, or is it the nature of the work that really ignites their passion for their job? Either way it’ll give you a feel for the culture of the organisation. If they struggle to answer the question, that might be a little worrying!

7) Are there any opportunities for training?

If training and development is important to you in a role then you’ll want to know more about any training budget that is available and what kind of opportunities are going to be open to you.

8) What are the next steps in the process?

Don’t be afraid to ask this question, otherwise you’ll leave the interview not knowing when you can expect to hear. It again shows the interviewer that you’re engaged in the process and that it’s not just one of many different roles that you’re applying for.

9) Can I ask if you have any reservations about my suitability for the role?

It might seem a little cheeky to ask such a direct question, however without asking it you’re missing a huge opportunity. There might be a nagging doubt in the interviewer’s mind, such as ‘will this candidate’s experience really translate to this role?’. Without asking this question the interviewer will go away with those reservations unanswered, however asking it will give you the chance to address their concerns and help put their mind at ease about your suitability of the role.

Good luck, we’re sure you’ll do great!


Here at Optimum Recruitment Group we specialise in the recruitment of Accountancy, Finance and Human Resource professionals across the Yorkshire region. Let us help you find the opportunity you’re looking for, call 01904 208065 or email admin@optimumrecruitment.co.uk

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