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Knowing the best interview questions to ask an employer can provide you with valuable information about the organisation, its culture and people, and your potential career prospects. Here’s a valuable list of questions to ask at your next job interview.

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Many candidates make the mistake of thinking a job interview is just about the employer getting to know the candidate and determining if they’re a good fit for their vacancy✋

It’s equally important candidates take the time to get to know the employer and the culture of the organisation. Knowing the best questions to ask at a job interview is absolutely critical to achieving this!

If you find nerves get the better of you at job interviews and you can’t think of any questions to ask, here are some suggestions you can note down and take with you to your next interview.

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What are the best interview questions to ask employer

Questions that show you’ve done your research on the organisation, reveal the cultural traits about the organisation, and further details about the role are the best interview questions to ask employer.

Here are some examples:

  • It says on your website <insert topic>, can you tell me a little more about that?
  • Does <organisation> have any structured learning and development or career pathway plans for employees?
  • What is the main challenge <organisation> will face over the next 12 months?
  • What does a day-in-the-life look like as a <vacant role>?
  • What has been <organisation’s> biggest milestone/proudest achievement over the last 12 months?
  • What does a high-performing <vacant role> look like to you?
  • Is this a new position? Why is this position vacant?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of a <vacant role>?

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Killer interview questions to ask employers

Okay, if you’re feeling confident and want to put your interviewer/s to the test, here are some killer interview questions to ask employers!

  • Can you tell me about your experience as an employee with <organisation>?
  • How would you describe <organisation’s> culture in 3 words?
  • If you could change one thing about <organisation>, what would that be?
  • How many employees has <organisation> hired over the last 12 months? Are you happy with this turnover rate?
  • Why did you choose to work for <organisation>?
  • What is <organisation’s> competitive edge? How does <organisation> do things differently?
  • Would you consider <organisation> to be innovative? Can you give me an example?
  • Where do you see <organisation> in 5-10 years time?

Unique interview questions to ask employer

Thinking of unique interview questions to ask employer is a good way of distinguishing yourself from other candidates. Interview questions that focus on the future of the organisation, its people or industry can provide you with valuable information.

  • If <organisation> could only access one piece of technology or software, what would that be and why?
  • If all your employees suddenly couldn’t work (at the same time), what would <organisation> do?
  • If I asked <organisation’s> employee about the most and least desirable aspects of working here, what would they say?
  • How do you think <organisation> will be affected by emerging technology in the medium to long term future?
  • When you see an employee struggling at work, what do you do?
  • What is <organisation> doing to build a high-performing team (if necessary)?
  • What do the career paths of previous <vacant role> look like?
  • I understand that <organisation’s> values are <values>? How is this reflected in the daily activities of <organisation>?

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Questions to ask at the end of an interview

Below is a list of questions to ask at the end of an interview to close off the conversation and ensure everyone is on the same page about the way forward.

  • Is there any other information I can provide you to assist with your hiring decision?
  • How long would it take a new starter to be a fully effective <vacant role>?
  • When can I expect to hear back from you regarding the outcome of the interview?
  • What are the next steps in the recruitment process?
  • What is your ideal time frame for the new <vacant role> to start with <organisation>?
  • Will you be creating a pool of suitable candidates to fill other roles?
  • Is there anything else about the role I should know that we haven’t discussed?
  • Is there anything else about <organisation> I should know that we haven’t discussed?

The best interview questions to avoid

Some questions are best left to the next phase of the recruitment process or avoided altogether.

Asking the employer about details available in the job description might leave the employer wondering if you’ve read the advertisement properly. Clarifying the details is acceptable, but try not to revisit information already given. Interviews are short and there’s a lot to cover!

Similarly, asking about basic details regarding the organisation is not preferred. Ideally, you should already have this information from the job description and research you’ve done on the organisation’s social media and website. Again, clarifying and diving deeper is completely acceptable and encouraged!

One of my favourite books on job interviewing is What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles with Katharine Brooks 

Summary

It’s important a candidate gets to know an employer at a job interview to determine if they’re a good fit for the vacancy. Knowing the best interview questions to ask is key to achieving this.

Asking thoughtful interview questions can impress and challenge an employer, which can really set one candidate apart from another.

The more information a candidate can gather and share, the better the employment outcome for both parties.

 

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