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​“So, do you have any questions for me?”

  • Publish Date: Posted 10 months ago
  • Author:by Jodie Fox

When you reach this point in a job interview, where the interviewer is done with their questions and opens up the floor, you don’t want to be caught off guard. 

So it’s important to have a plan for how you’ll respond to this question, and have a list of questions specific to that opportunity ready to ask. 

Here are five key questions to ask at the end of your next interview. 

1. What are the key skills and qualities that you're looking for in the ideal candidate for this role?

This question sheds light on whether the organisation has a clear idea of who they want to employ in the role. Hopefully, the ideal candidate looks a lot like you – and if you feel like you’ve missed something they mention in response, you can always email the interviewer later to reiterate how well you think you’ll fit in.

 

2.  Can you describe the company culture and work environment?

Knowing about a company’s culture helps you get a glimpse into the work environment. Based on the interviewer’s answers can provide the opportunity for you to mention your passion for both the specific company and the industry by sharing how you can fit in with the current culture. Learning about the company’s future goals shows that you’re interested in working with the company on a long-term basis.

 

3.  What would be the typical day-to-day responsibilities and challenges in this role?

Asking this question enables you to learn as much about the role as possible. The interviewer's response will provide insight into what skills and experience are needed, and will also help you decide if the role is right for you. The answer will give you an idea of what the employer's expectations are, so if you're offered the job there should be no surprises when you start.

 

4.   What opportunities are available for professional development and growth within the company?

This will show the employer your ambition to succeed; it showcases that you are conscious about your future career and that you intend to stay in the company. It's a good idea to be aware of the progression opportunities as you don't want to later realise there is no scope to move up in the company, or if you'll have to wait for somebody higher up to leave to do so. Alternatively, you could ask where previous employees in the same role have ended up, as it will indicate whether there is a clear path of progression.

 

5.   What are the next steps in the hiring process, and when can I expect to hear back from you?

This is a good ‘next steps’ question - great for you to ask last as it closes up the interview and shows you're ready to move forward quickly. 

Good luck in your next interview.

Remember that asking questions shows your interest in the role and the company, and they also help you to understand whether this role is the right fit for you. 

If you're searching for a new role, then please contact us. At Venture, we're here to help you find your dream accounting or finance job!  

Register your updated CV with us today or phone 02380 119 820 for a confidential chat about the next step in your career.​

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