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By Tiro Talent Services


An interview is a two-way street.

Any questions you are asked during your interview are intended to try and expose your skill set. Likewise, you need to have some questions to ask your potential employer about the role, who you report to, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job and right company for you. If you don’t prepare smart questions, you run the risk of the interviewer assuming you aren’t interested or worse still haven’t done any preparation.

Most employers will generally end an interview with “and do you have any questions for us”. Make sure you have at least two questions that show you are in fact interested in the position, you’re driven to excel and you have done your homework (researched company, industry, department).

So how do you come up with these questions that show you’re the perfect candidate? While doing your research into the company make a note of any key points that stand out. Keep in mind that the best questions to ask are open-ended questions. Avoid yes or no questions and avoid questions that are so broad that they are difficult to answer.

Still not sure what to ask? Check out our top 10 questions:


  1. What does an average day in this role look like? 

    This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this role really is for you.

  2. What do you think I need to do to excel in this role?

    This may throw up some additional points that were not on the advert or Job Description.

  3. What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?

    Find out what your employer’s expectations are particularly if it’s a target driven role.

  4. Can you tell me a bit about the culture of the company?

    As per our last blog, will you fit in?

  5. What are the plans for the business over the next few years?

    Not only shows interest but also give you an idea of how you may fit into those plans.

  6. Who are your competitors?

    You should already have an idea of this but the employer may give you some you hadn’t thought of.

  7. What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?

    If the employer will share this information not only will you have an idea of what your facing but you may be able to think of some ways to overcome this hurdle.

  8. What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

    This shows you are thinking long term and wanting to progress within the company.

  9. How do I compare with the other candidates you’ve interviewed for this role?

    This line of questioning requires some confidence however if you are comfortable it can work wonders particularly in a sales based role as it shows you are not afraid to go for the close.

  10. What are the next steps in the interview process?

    Again it shows you are comfortable to try and close without being pushy, but it also lets you know the process.

1 thing worth noting:

Don’t ask about salary or benefits at 1st interview as those extra questions. You want to show genuine interest in the company with those valuable questions. Wait until you are further into the process and there is interest from both you and the employer on moving things forward.

But do ensure the salary banding is correct for you prior to interview as you do not want to waste your time or the employers.  Check with the advert or your agency.

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