Questions to Ask in an Interview

Remember, interviews are a two way process. During the interview, the employer will be trying to find out as much as they can about you, but equally, it is your chance to find out as much as you can about them. So ask questions! If there are particular things that you are looking for in a job and they haven't been mentioned into the interview, ask about them.

  • Why is this position open?
  • What are the key requirements for the position? 
  • How is performance measured? (Goals should be clearly defined so measurements have some objectivity.) 
  • How tough is your company's opposition? (You should know from your research who their major competitors are.) 
  • Are there opportunities that are unique to this job within the organisation? 
  • Do internal promotions meet your growth demands for management? 
  • Do you feel I fit the requirements for the position? From your perspective, in what areas do you see that there are gaps? 
  • Are there any areas you would like me to expand upon? 
  • What are the company's plans for the future? 
  • What would a successful person expect to be earning in their fourth or fifth year? 
  • What sort of induction and training do you normally provide? 
  • What do you like most and least about working at ____? 
  • Why did you choose to work at ____? 
  • I have researched the organisational culture and what appeals to me is ….. Can you tell me about any social or sporting events that are organised by staff? 
  • Does the organisation interact with the local community (e.g. provide pro bono work)?