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Some questions you Could ask the Interviewer

Want to know what to ask?

At some stage of the interview you are going to be asked if you have any questions to put to the interviewer. Now is the chance for you to show your interest in the company and the position. Try to prepare some questions in advance that could demonstrate your experience for the role. Other questions could be about the company which would give you more information about the organisation. This could be crucial to you deciding to accept any offer that may subsequently be made to you. Not asking any questions at all should not be an option as an interviewer will take this as a sign of disinterest. However you can blow the interview completely by asking the wrong type of question. It is never a good idea to rush straight in and ask about holiday entitlement, length of tea breaks, lunch breaks etc. This will give the employer the sign of your priorities in the workplace and it won’t be a good one. I would go so far as to say that second to not asking anything at all, questions such as these could seal your fate completely.

Below are some ideas. You can adapt them to suit the type of vacancy you are applying for. For example if you are applying for a managerial position it is almost inevitable that you will have some staff reporting to you. However if you are an assistant administrator you will be unlikely to be in that position. Remember only you know the job you have applied for and the answers to some of these questions would be obvious. If that is the case don’t ask them.

Will I be working in a department or in an area on my own?

Who else is in the department and what do they do?

What training will I need and how will I be given this?

Do you train in house or use external courses?

To whom am I responsible?

Which members of staff are responsible to me and what are their roles?

Is this a new position and if so why has it been created?

If it is an existing position, why has the previous person left the post?

What are the opportunities for promotion?

When would you be looking for the successful candidate to start?

Are you interviewing many people for this position?

When will you let me know if I am to be offered the post? 

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