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Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview

  • Posted 30 Mar 2023
  • Richard Holmes
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Being prepared for an interview ALWAYS makes you look good and can be the differentiator. Asking questions at the end of an interview is an outstanding opportunity to show interest in the company, gather important information about the position, and determine if the job fits you.

It is essential for several reasons:

  1. It shows that you are interested in the position and the company: By asking thoughtful questions, you demonstrate that you have researched the company and are genuinely interested in it.
  2. It helps you better understand the job and company culture: Asking questions allows you to understand what the job entails, the expectations for the role, and the company culture. This information can help you determine if the position fits you well.
  3. It allows you to stand out: Asking insightful questions can help you stand out from other candidates and leave a positive impression on the interviewer.
  4. It can help you determine if the job is right for you: Asking questions about the job responsibilities, work environment, and career growth opportunities can help you determine if the job is a good fit for your skills, interests, and career goals.

To remember what to ask, take a compendium/notebook with you and have them written down.

Here are some excellent questions to ask:

  1. Can you tell me more about the company's culture and values?
  2. What are the essential qualities and skills you are looking for in a successful candidate for this role?
  3. How do you see this position fitting into the overall goals and mission of the company?
  4. What are the main challenges facing this team/department right now?
  5. Can you walk me through a typical day or week in this position?
  6. How do you measure success in this role?
  7. Are there opportunities for professional development and advancement within the company?
  8. How does the company support employee work-life balance?
  9. Can you share any recent projects the team has been working on with me?
  10. What are the next steps in the hiring process, and when can I expect to hear back from you?
  11. How would you describe the management style of the team or department?
  12. What are the biggest challenges facing the company as a whole right now?
  13. Can you provide any feedback on my interview performance?
  14. How does the company foster innovation and creativity among its employees?
  15. What do you enjoy most about working at this company?

In addition to the above questions, you can ask tailored questions specific to the role.

Good luck!

Richard Holmes is Co-Founder & Director of HPR Consulting, a leading Accounting & Finance recruitment business in Sydney, Australia.

He has been in the Executive Search & Selection Industry since 2003. He has developed a track record of recruiting senior Accounting, Finance and Commercial professionals into leading ASX-listed, private and multinational organisations. Passionate about connecting talent, he has in-depth knowledge of the Sydney market and brings significant intellectual property to his clients and candidates.

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