Questions to ask at interview

So you’ve gone through the rigmarole of an interview, you’ve answered all the questions thrown at you eloquently and in detail, coming across as the shining beacon of scientific knowledge that you are. But have you prepared some questions for your interviewer?

It is essential to prepare questions before an interview to show that you are interested in the role and the company. Not only this, it’s your opportunity to figure out whether a job is the right fit for you and your skills. We’ve prepared a list of questions to ask at interview, as well as what not to ask. 

10 questions you shouldn’t ask an employer

  1. Did I get the job?
  2. What does your company do?
  3. What is the salary for this position?
  4. When will I be eligible for a promotion?
  5. Will I have to work weekends?
  6. Do you check references or do background checks?
  7. Do you check web browsing activity in the workplace?
  8. When can I take holiday time?
  9. Can I choose my working hours?
  10. Will I have to work overtime? And if so, how much?

10 questions can ask an employer

  1. What is the work environment/culture like here?
  2. What training and opportunities for development do you provide?
  3. What are the most challenging aspects of this role?
  4. Can you tell me more about the day to day responsibilities of this job?
  5. What are the most important qualities that a person will need to succeed in this job?
  6. What do you like most about working here?
  7. Where would the company like to be in the next 5 years?
  8. What are the biggest challenges facing the company at the moment?
  9. What are the next steps to the interview process?
  10. How do I compare to other candidates that have interviewed for this position?

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