An interview is not just the employer’s opportunity to select you. You should also be actively deciding if you want to work for the company. Your questions should reflect an interest in the company and hoy it is run as well as the exact nature of the job you are interviewing for. Don’t ask too many questions.
Why did the last jobholder leave?
- The answer to these two questions should tell you whether there are conflicts in the department which led to the vacancy, and what promotion possibilities you may have if you get the job.
How would I be evaluated?
When will I hear whether I have been successful or not?
- You have a right to know how long you will have to wait, especially if you are interviewing in more than one company.
How are goals and objectives set in this company?
Who would I be reporting to? What is his/her background?
- You may be interviewed by your potential boss. If not, the latter may be the person who gives you the second interview and the information provided in the answer will help you to prepare yourself.
What is the company’s biggest problem?
What are the company’s plans for the next ten years?
Have I been sucessful?
Have I got the job?
- These two questions just reflect a lack of self-confidence. The interviewer is sure to be seeing more candidates so s/he probably won’t have an answer to the question.
How many other candidates are being interviewed?
- This question won’t tell you anything about your real possibilities and, again, it reflects insecurity.
Leave questions about salary, holidays and beneficts to the end. If possible let the interviewer bring up the subject. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for seeing you and leave promptly.