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7 questions you need to ask at the end of an interview

7 questions you need to ask at the end of an interview

You've probably been through enough interviews to know what questions you're likely to be asked. 

But are you prepared for when the interview finishes and your potential employer asks: "have you got any questions for us?"

Here's seven great questions you should be asking at your interview.  And no, "when will I get a pay rise?" definitely isn't among them...

1. "What do you like most about working for this company?"

Interviewers will often ask you why you want to work for them. So why not turn the tables?
It's all well and good hearing a pre-rehearsed speech about the company's culture and ethics, but a genuine personal view on why it's a great place to work can be a lot more illuminating. 
Either you'll get some great insight into why it's a good company, or the fact a current employee isn't sold on the place will offer a handy red flag. 

2. "What do you expect me to achieve in the first 30, 60 and 90 days?"

This a great way to demonstrate two things – you can strategize and you think beyond the short term. 
Setting your own goals and deadlines will show you're a forward planner who's just as interested in getting results as they are. 
It'll also give you an idea of what to expect in the role should you get the job. 

3. "Where do you see the company in five years?"

A twist on the classic interview question, it's sure to show you just how ambitious and forward-thinking the company is. 
Again, how they respond could be revealing. 
Do they seem optimistic, do they forsee any major changes in the industry or do they discuss growth? All of this will build a picture of where the company could, or couldn’t, be heading. 

4. "What will a typical work day look like for me?"

Chances are you've already walked the interviewer through a typical day at your current job - now it's time to see how you fit in there. 
The job description will give you some insight, and the interview may have already given you a bit more, but it's vital you build a full picture of your potential day-to-day duties.
It'll save you any possible nasty surprises if you get the role, and it'll help you to think positively - picturing yourself in the job is important!

5. "How do you resolve conflicts on your team?"

This is a great way to learn about your employer's management style. 
How they address people and teams when things aren't going so well is a real test of their character and professionalism. 
The answer will tell you a lot about them, and might even give you some insight into just how often conflicts arise. 

6. "Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?"

It's possible the interviewer has a tiny doubt about one or two things on your CV, but has so far been unable to get you to explain them. 
Now's your chance to address those concerns head on, in your own words. 
It also shows that you're not afraid to ask tough questions, you're confident and you're open to constructive criticism. 

7. "Why did my predecessor leave and where did they go?"

You'll want to know what happened to the person before you, and you'll want to know how good they were at it - the bar may currently be set high (or low).
Was there a specific reason they left? Did they not last long? Perhaps the role has changed over time.

Thinking further ahead - this could be you in a few years' time. Where your predecessor went and how much success they enjoyed will indicate just how good a role this can be for you. 



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