Questions to Ask at Interviews
by Waller Jamison
It is important to bear in mind that from where the employer
is standing, the interview is all about finding out what you can do for the company, and not the other way round.
So you should design your questions for interview to show that you have a lot to offer, whilst getting some of the
information you want as well.
Asking questions both gives you the opportunity to find out
more about the company and the job you are applying for and it gives the employer a chance to see how well you
understand the position, and enables him to gain further insight into your knowledge of the industry and your
It can also help both of you to get a greater understanding
of your suitability for the post. Don't forget that interviewing is a two way process and although the interviewer
will do most of the asking, you should use the discussion as a way of finding out if you really want the
Which questions are the best ones to ask? First of all, here
are some you should not even think about asking! Questions about money, holidays and sick leave are definitely
taboo. Naturally, you'll want some information on these subjects, but you can thrash out the details once you've
got the job.
You should also take care to keep away from any negative
subjects, for example talking about things you been successful in that you had to do in previous jobs, but didn't
like or found boring.
Getting a job is all about what you can do for the company
and not what it can do for you; at least from the employer's perspective and so that should be the focus of your
From your background research before applying, you
should know quite a bit about the organization - are there any existing projects or new developments where your
specific skills would be invaluable?
Come up with a list of job questions about these areas before
the interview and then you can choose the most appropriate one, based on what has already been discussed. If you
have only one or two questions for interview prepared, you may find that everything you thought of asking has
already been covered.