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Have you got any questions?

Every job interview expert suggests that you should go to an interview prepared with some questions to put to you potential employer.

You know the dreaded “have you got anything to ask us?” is guaranteed to come at the end, and if you’re not prepared this can leave you tongue tied; not the best last impression. Carefully researched questions will show that you’re enthusiastic about the job and that you’ve done your homework. But sometimes these questions are answered throughout the interview, and what do you do then?

Hanna Neuborn is a professional recruiter with extensive experience in HR in the financial services sector. She now runs career counselling business The Personal Coaching Company, and advises individuals on how to secure their dream job, including training on competency based interview techniques. She gives us some good general questions to ask, and ones to avoid.

Questions to ask

The most impressive questions to ask are centred around the working environment, personal development and business/company strategy. These types of questions show that you are genuinely interested in the position and that you are focussed on key initiatives within the business.

• How will this role fit into the wider structure of the team/department/organisation?

• What learning/training opportunities will there be for personal development?

• What is the company’s strategy over the next five years?

• Would you be able to describe the working culture?

• What is the reason that the role has arisen? Could you tell me why the current incumbent is leaving?

• What is the company policy on talent management?

• What other departments will this role link with?

• What do you enjoy most about working here?

• How many other people are you interviewing for the position and when might I expect to hear back?

Questions not to ask

Generally these are questions that are going to put your commitment to the role in question. It is strongly advisable that you avoid any question that may conjure up negative connotations in the interviewers mind.

• How long will it be before I can apply for other roles in the company?

• When will I be able to relocate to an oversees office?

• Will I be expected to work outside my core hours?

• What do you least like about working here?

• What can I expect my bonus to be?

• What is your policy on personal calls and emails?

• How soon can I apply for flexible working hours/to work from home?

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