Good questions to ask at interview

For many interviewees, there is a dread which comes towards the end of a job interview, when the interviewer and, hopefully potential new employer, asks “Have you any questions you would like to ask?”

It doesn’t look good to make up something just to ask a rather pointless question. Don’t forget that an interview is a two-way process. Obviously, the employer needs to find a candidate who is suitable for the job advertised but it is just as important that the candidate discovers as much as possible about the post too.

If you haven’t found out already, then you could ask about your everyday roles and responsibilities, whether there are training schemes on offer and about promotion prospects. You could ask how many people you will be working with and whether they have specific roles in the company. Do make sure that you know how much you will be paid (as this is not always obvious from an advert) and finally, ask when you are likely to hear (and how) whether you have been successful (or not). This will hopefully prevent you sitting by the phone, constantly checking your e-mails or waiting for the post to arrive every day.