20 interview questions to ask an employer

Questions to ask an employer during a job interview

One of the final interview questions you may be asked by an employer or HR manager during a job interview is “Do you have any questions for us?”

Asking the employer your own job interview questions is your opportunity to assess whether this organisation and the position are right for you. Have some questions to ask the interviewer so you can ensure their organisation is a good fit for your qualifications and interests.

Sample questions to ask during a job interview

Role specific

1 How would you describe an average day/week in this position?

2 What are the responsibilities of the position?

3 What would be the assignments for the first three to six months on this job?

4 What are the challenging facets of the job?

5 Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?

6 What is the typical work week? Is overtime expected?

7 Who does this position report to?

Performance and development

8 How do you evaluate the employee’s performance during the probation period?

9 How and when will my work performance be evaluated?

10 What are the prospects for growth and advancement?

11 Is promotion from within the organisation encouraged?

Company overview

12 What are the organisation’s plans for future growth or change?

13 What challenges does it face?

14 How would you describe your organisation’s management style?

15 Describe the work environment.

16 What is the overall structure of the department where the position is located?

17 What do you like about working here?

Administration

18 If I am offered the job, when would you like me to start?

19 When can I expect to hear from you aobut whether I have been succesful or not?

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

3 job interview questions to avoid asking an employer

1 What does this company do? Research the company before the interview

2 Have I got the job? Don’t ask this at the interview. They will let you know after the interview by telephone, email or post

3 If I get the job, when can I take time off? Wait until you receive an offer before mentioning prior commitments