4 Interview Questions to Ask as a Candidate

Imagine that you’ve just finished an interview. It’s gone pretty well and you’ve answered all of the questions to the best of your ability.

Now comes the part for your own questions. What should you ask? In almost all cases, you want to make the most of this opportunity and have a set of questions prepared. You want to further demonstrate your enthusiasm and qualities for the role, whilst avoiding looking disinterested or even complacent.

Try to avoid simple questions where the answers can be found on the company website – you want to ask something that only the interviewer can tell you. Similarly, steer clear from questions that you think may have already been covered in the interview. You don’t want to give the impression that you haven’t been paying attention!

“You want to ask something that only the interviewer can tell you”.

Questions that focus on what the company can do for you are also worth avoiding as these can be answered at a later stage. In some cases it is appropriate to ask about salary and annual leave. Just bear in mind that you want to convince the interviewer how you can provide a significant contribution to the business.

1. “What is the company culture like?”

This is a great question to understand the company’s working environment and exactly what motivates people to do their work.

Moreover, this question is a subtle way of enquiring about any company perks and the overall work-life balance.

2. “What is the structure of the team I will be working in?

Similarly to the culture question, structure helps you understand how the company operates. In particular, it shows you are taking a proactive approach in getting to know about your potential peers.

By understanding the team dynamic, you can draw upon your previous experience of working in similar teams. In turn, you may choose to introduce effective methods of working to explain how you would fit in.

The Teamtailor team

3. “What are the future plans of the company?

Asking about future plans demonstrates your commitment to the company and provides you with an idea of the potential projects you could work on. 

For example, if the company is ambitious and plans to expand rapidly in the next 5 years, you can get an idea around job security and opportunities for progression, should they arise in the company.

4. “Does the company have training opportunities?

Naturally, you want to show the interviewer that you are considering the role in the long term. Enquiring about training opportunities illustrates that you are keen to develop your career and personal abilities. 

“You want to show the interviewer that you are considering the role in the long term”.

The interviewer’s answer will tell you whether they prioritise their employees’ personal development or not.

It’s not all about you.

Ultimately, it’s important to give the impression that you can do something for the company in your interview (and not the other way around). But at the same time, make sure you get the most out of the questions you ask and leave the interview feeling as though you gave it your all.

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