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What to ask in an interview | 40 questions

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Wondering what to ask in a job interview at the end? You're in the right place. We've put together 40 questions you can ask the interviewer.

The interview is the process by which recruiters evaluate the candidate on his/her qualifications, experience and personality in relation to the position and the company's culture.

However, what most candidates don't know is that they in turn have to evaluate the company they want to work for, in terms of culture and the proposed position. For this reason, it is often a good idea to turn an interview into a dialogue between the candidate and hiring managers. So the best way for a candidate to show interest and make a difference is to ask the right questions.

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In most interviews you have time for 1-3 questions, so study carefully and choose the questions you ask according to the situation.

40 Interview questions you can ask:

  1. What are the responsibilities of the post? (usually the advertisement is detailed, we can ask for more details if the description of the advertisement does not cover us)
  2. Are the responsibilities of the post very specific or is there also room for creativity and initiative?
  3. Can the responsibilities be extended and can I take on additional tasks?
  4. Please describe to me a typical day for this position
  5. How did the need for this position arise?
  6. What aspects of this work would you like to see better performance?
  7. What is the biggest challenge facing this position?
  8. Assuming I meet or exceed my duties in this position, what are the prospects for advancement?
  9. How would you describe the ideal candidate?
  10. What are the short and long-term objectives of the company/department?
  11. What external influences affect the company's growth?
  12. Where does the company excel compared to its competitors?
  13. When and how will my candidature be assessed?
  14. What are the performance standards?
  15. Can you tell me a little about the team/departments I will be working with?
  16. Who will be my supervisor; who will I report to?
  17. Who will I supervise; who will my subordinates be?
  18. What is the working environment of the department like?
  19. When will you decide who to hire?
  20. When can I contact you to find out how the process is progressing?
  21. What are the next steps in the evaluation process?
  22. If I asked a colleague what they like about the company (or the position), what do you think they would say?
  23. What kind of training and development opportunities does the company offer?
  24. Does the company offer corporate social responsibility/volunteering activities? In which areas (environment, vulnerable groups, etc.)?
  25. How did the company deal with the pandemic?
  26. How was the company affected by the pandemic?
  27. How were employees working during the lockdown?
  28. I noticed from research I did that you have facilities in (name city, country, etc.), will I also work with colleagues from there?
  29. Is there a possibility of relocation to another city/country depending on the company's needs?
  30. What characteristics do the best employees have in this position?
  31. Was there anything in our discussion that you were concerned about that you would like to discuss further?
  32. Will a colleague support me during the first days of adjustment?
  33. I would like to add that (mention something important that we didn't say during the interview, something related to our knowledge and experience that we think they need to know)
  34. May I have your contact details? (if we don't already have them)
  35. How is success in this position evaluated?
  36. What do you expect me to do in the first 30/60/90 days?
  37. What results do you expect to get in the first 6 months?
  38. Do you organise events/meetings/activities to strengthen relations between colleagues?
  39. What do you personally like about the company?
  40. How would you describe the company's work culture?

These are the best questions to ask in an interview. Therefore, it would be a good idea to avoid asking questions just to attract attention. Instead, try to ask questions that are important to you.

Try to determine whether the location would be suitable for your lifestyle. Whether the company culture fits your values and ideals. Whether the position gives you the prospects you want to achieve your short and long-term goals.

If you want to know how you can prepare better, read more about the interview preparation service of LeadCompass.

If you have any questions you can send us your questions at [email protected] or contact us directly at 2313 068 480


Related Free Material for "Interview Preparation" :
- Online Seminar: How to make a good impression in your recruitment interview (webinar)
- Article: 10+ Types of Interview: How to prepare yourself
- eBook: Win the Interview with your Voice

Markos Korvesis helps people around the world find their ikigai: a job they love, do well, that people need and are rewarded for.

He is a Career Consultant and co-owner of LeadCompass with 3,000+ hours of training in 15 countries. He specializes in Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn, Interview Preparation and Job Search Techniques for Greece and abroad.

It monitors the latest developments in the global labour market, such as virtual reality assessment of candidates and interviewing with artificial intelligence and robots.

He has helped over 1,000 people of 50+ nationalities with successes in 30+ countries find the jobs they want at companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as start their own businesses. His goal is to help millions of people with their careers worldwide.

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