Potential Questions

What they could ask you

  • What are your greatest achievements to date?
  • Why are you seeking a role in our organisation?
  • How do you cope with pressure situations?
  • If your friends were to describe you what would they say?

What you could ask them

  • Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?

=> Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its management values, so you can evaluate whether you would fit in.

  • How has this position evolved?

=> This question just lets you know whether this job is a dead end or a stepping-stone.

  • What are the challenges of this position?

=> If the interviewer says, ”There aren’t any,” you should proceed with caution.

  • What have past employees done to succeed in this position?

=> The main point of this question is to get your interviewer to reveal how the company measures success.

  • How would you describe the company’s culture?

=> This question gives you a broad view on the corporate philosophy of a company and on whether it prioritizes employee happiness.

  • How are you better than your major competitors?

=> This question is not for the faint hearted and may be a good question for senior professionals to ask, but it shows that you are already thinking about how you can help the company rise to meet some of its bigger goals.

  • What do you like most about working for this company?

=> This question is important because it lets you create a sense of camaraderie with the interviewer because interviewers, like anyone, usually like to talk about themselves and especially things they know well.” Plus, this question gives you a chance to get an insider’s view on the best parts about working for this particular company.

  • How would you score the company on living up to its core values? What’s the one thing you’re working to improve on?

=> This can be a respectful way to ask about shortcomings within the company — which you should definitely be aware of before joining a company. As a bonus, it shows that you are being proactive in wanting to understand more about the internal workings of the company before joining it.

  • How do you help your team grow professionally?

=> This question shows that you’re willing to work hard to ensure that you grow along with your company.

  • How do you evaluate success here?

=> Knowing how a company measures its employees’ success is important. It will help you understand what it would take to advance in your career there — and can help you decide if the employer’s values align with your own.

  • Is this a new position? If not, why did the person before me leave this role?

=> This might be uncomfortable to ask, but it’s not uncommon to ask and it shows you are being smart and analytical by wanting to know why someone may have been unhappy in this role previously.

If you find out they left the role because they were promoted, that is also useful information.

  • Where do you see the company in three years and how would the person in this role contribute to this vision?

=> Asking this question will show your interviewer that you can think big picture, that you’re wanting to stay with the company long-term, and that you want to make a lasting impression in whatever company you end up in

  • Is there anything we haven’t covered that you think is important to know about working here?

=> This is a good wrap-up question that gives you a break from doing all the talking. In addition, you may get answers to questions you didn’t even know to ask but are important.

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