No matter what your interview is for, there is only one question that I can nearly guarantee your interviewer will ask you:
“So, do you have any questions for us?”
Nearly all interviews will end with an opportunity to ask your potential employer a question or two. It’s a great opportunity to learn and can also be a chance to demonstrate your interest and proactivity. However, it can be hard to think of what to say on the spot.
One of the easiest ways to combat this is have a think before your interview about what you might like to ask.
To help you out, here’s a handy list of some straightforward, industry-neutral questions to get you started. Feel free to adapt them depending on your role and personal situation!
- What would an average day in this role look like?
- What kind of work would occupy most of my time?
- Broadly, who would I work with on a day-to-day basis (aka team composition: individually, in a small team, international team)?
- Are there opportunities for international work?
- Who would I report to? How does the management system work?
- (if applicable) Are there support networks within the company for different groups (eg LGBT, women’s networks)? If so, what work do they do and how would I get involved?
- What opportunities are there for training and development?
- What kinds of skills would help me to succeed in this role?
- What are the main programs/technology/systems that I would use in this role?
- What would be the rough timeline of my first year in the role?
- How does the performance feedback/review system work?
- What made you hire the last person you hired?
- When can I expect to hear about next steps in my application?
- What advice would you have for me as I begin my early-stage career in this industry?
- Is there anything which I have mentioned which you would like me to elaborate on?
- What are the company’s goals / direction for the next 5 years?
- What is the biggest problem your company is currently facing, and how could I help solve it? (even better, research this yourself and come with the angle “I read about issue XYZ” and think about what solutions you could suggest)
- What is the biggest change in industry that you’ve seen in recent years?
- I was reading about <INDUSTRY NEWS> and found it really interesting. Has this had any impact on the company’s recent work?
About your interviewer
Asking your interviewer about their own experiences is useful for a number of reasons: primarily, it helps to build rapport and gives you an individual insight into the sector and company.
- What is your favourite thing about working for this company?
- What has been your greatest opportunity in your role here?
- What have you found most challenging about working in this industry?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What has surprised you about your role?
- What has been your biggest lesson in your current role?
Try them out at your next interview! (Albeit, not all 25…)
Do you have any other favourites?