Questions to ask in an Interview

15 January 2016 Victoria Butt

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The importance of formulating your own questions for an interview cannot be emphasised enough. They are a key tool to help you better understand the organisation, the role in question and the priorities of the hiring manager in relation to the role. The right questions will help you get better perspective on the suitability of the role and engage your interviewees with your proactive interest in employment with them. The questions below are designed to assist in your interview preparation and for you to better understand the opportunity at hand.

Example Questions:

  • How will you gauge my success in this role?

  • How would I report to you in this role, what is your/their management style?

  • What are the key objectives you would like to see completed in the next 3 to 6 months?

  • How would you describe the culture of the organisation?

  • What are some of the common attributes of your top performers?

  • What are some of the more difficult challenges I could expect to deal with in this role?

  • Are there any advancement opportunities available for me in this role, and within what time frame?

  • How can I most quickly become a strong contributor within the organisation?

  • What are one or two things that really drive results for the company?

  • What makes you think I will be successful in this job?

  • What causes you concern about my candidacy?

  • What do you like about working here?

  • Are there any other questions I can answer for you?


We highly recommend going through these questions (and any others you may think are relevant) and making note of your answers. As well as being well prepared and having answers fresh in your mind, the notes will serve as a prompt should you begin to forget any key details or points for discussion during your interview.