Questions to Ask During an Interview

During a job interview, you’re going to be asked a whole lot of questions. However, what are you going to say if they ask during the interview—and they most probably will—"Do you have any questions?" The most common answer is none, or "I'm sure I will have more questions if I get the job."

To the interviewer, these give off an impression that you are uninterested in the job and do not want to know anything about the company. The employer will learn a lot from what you ask during the interview and will find out what you deem important. Sometimes an applicant might not have an idea what to ask, so he just says he doesn’t have any questions. Wrong. It is a missed opportunity to find out further information about the company you could be part of. Asking this question during or after the interview drives employers to appreciate the fact that you have taken time to ask them questions and that you want to know about THEM, instead of simply letting them know who you are.

If you listen during the interview, you can ask the interviewers about certain things they mentioned and inquire about the company. As always, preparation is important. Researching about the company beforehand gives you information about the organization; as compared to someone who just joins a company before finding out the nature of the company and realizing he doesn’t like to be a part of it. Make a list of questions to ask. This can be done by researching about the company a little bit and asking, "What do I want to know about this company?" Ask questions during the interview that you are truly interested in. Otherwise, the employee will definitely be able to tell. That being said, asking questions back to the interviewer doesn’t mean you can ask about salary or benefits. Don’t. It will look like you only care about money and not the job. Let the interviewer raise that subject without sounding too pushy by asking about it.

The questions you ask during a job interview should depend on whom you are talking to as well. For example, if you are talking to a hiring manager, ask about job qualities and challenges. If it is a human resources manager, ask about the company and the department. For management personnel, ask about the industry and the future plans and projections of the company; and if you know a lot about the industry show off your knowledge.

Some example questions to ask during a job interview:

  • Why did you choose this company?
  • How do you see me benefiting the company?
  • Is there room for potential growth and advancement in the company for the successful candidate?
  • Are there opportunities for the candidate to receive professional training or further education?
  • What are your company's perceptions on employees receiving further training?
  • Are there other job responsibilities or duties not mentioned in the ad?
  • If I have other questions may I be able to call you?
  • What do you see as the company's strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you compare the company against the competition?
  • What will be expected of the candidate during the first year?
  • How will my performance be measured and monitored and assessed?
  • What are my daily responsibilities?
  • What are the required skills and personal attributes needed for this position?
  • What are the policies of your company regarding ongoing training for this position or for advancement?
  • How often will my performance be reviewed?
There are more questions you can consider asking while you are attending an interview. Some questions should only be approached and asked if the employer himself raises the issue. These questions relate to salary and benefits.
You may want to consider asking questions such as:
  • How many sick days are allowed on an annual basis?
  • When does a new employee become entitled to holiday leave?
  • What are the normal hours of a working day within your business?
  • Does this position involve weekend work?
These are questions that will help you determine whether the position you have applied for is really the position for you, and if all of the requirements for the position suit you. Sometimes a position will not be fully advertised and small details like the possibility of reporting on weekends will not be mentioned until you are attending an interview. Some people cannot possibly work on weekends due to family commitments. So as you can see, some questions are of importance for some people, while the same questions might not hold the same relevance to others.