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What questions should you ask at a job interview that will improve your chances of success?

Feel confident to interview your interviewer! The perfect questions to ask during a job interview exist. And they are right here.

As we all know by this point, during a job interview, you are expected to answer a variety of questions to allow the interviewer to get to know you and your skillset and try to understand and predict if you are a good fit for the role and their organisation. What not everybody knows is that a job interview is also, and very importantly, an opportunity for you (the interviewee) to understand and predict if this organisation and role is a good fit for you and can help you accomplish your goals, might those be financial, career, etc.

The interview will have prepared themselves with questions, and so should you.

The list below should inspire your questions, or just borrow as many as you want. Ask one or many; choose the ones that most matter to you. I would refrain from asking them all, as they might work the opposite of your desired effect, but what I am sure of is that the biggest mistake you can make is to ask none.

I am also including some counterproductive questions that I would discourage you from having on your list.

  • Tell me about the team. What is the structure of the department? Who will I be reporting to?

  • How many Team Members, Supervisors and Managers are on duty at any given time?

  • What are the key priorities for (the role you are applying for) in this department?

  • What makes this place unique?

  • What are the key objectives for the department for this year? Is there anything exciting happening in the near future?

  • What would you say is the biggest challenge for someone starting in this role?

  • What would my first week look like if I were to be successful in getting this job? What kind of induction and training will I receive?

  • What will my performance be measured on? How will I know I am doing well?

  • What will I be expected to deliver in the first 30-60-90 days?

  • How often are employee appraisals taking place throughout the year?

  • What are the training and development opportunities in this role to continue growing in this industry?

  • If I were successful, when would you expect me to start?

  • What do you (interviewer/s) enjoy about working here?

  • Why has the position become available? How long were they in their role? (This may be an uncomfortable question for some interviewers. I would advise using it only if you have reason to believe they have a high turnover)


Questions you shouldn't ask at a job interview.

  • How many people are you interviewing for this role?

  • How many people have applied for this job?

  • Why is the pay so low?

  • Am I going to be paid for my time here today?

  • Which other positions are you recruiting for?

  • If I am selected for this role? How quickly can I move to another department/role?

Share your thoughts on this! What are your favourite questions to ask the interviewer during a job interview?

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