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Are you asking the right questions at interviews?

Levels of Candidate interview experience is quite varied in today’s employment market. Regardless of where you fall on the interview experience spectrum, the importance of preparing and rehearsing solid questions to ask at a job interview should never be under-estimated or de-valued. Even if you believe you are well honed in interviewing, you still need to avoid complacency and upgrade the type of questions you are accustomed to asking.

As with many things, industry standards and practices, workplace customs and values are ever-evolving. Being aware of this and demonstrating your knowledge through your questioning will set you apart from other interviewees. Below is a sample or guideline of solid questions an interviewee can potentially ask during an interview. The goal is to ask smart questions that show you have researched the company and the specific job you are going for.

  • Can you tell me exactly what I would be expected to do if I was hired for this position?
  • If I were hired for the position, do you provide any training prior to actually starting the work and if so what is involved in the training?
  • What are the performance expectations for this position?
  • Is there an employee performance review process and how often does that occur?
  • Can you tell me what the career paths are for this department?
  • Will I be working with a team and if I am, can you tell me a little about them?
  • Who will I report to?
  • Can you explain the company culture to me please?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful or questions I can answer?

Although the web, is full of readily available interview guidelines, there are many Candidates still unfamiliar with how to prepare and what standards ought to be adhered to in an interview. Here are questions one absolutely should not ask an interviewer:

  • Anything related to salary or benefits
  • Who is your competition? This suggests you have not researched the company.
  • Can I start early or leave late as long as I get my hours in?
  • How soon do you promote employees?
  • Will you monitor my Social Networking profiles?

Give yourself every opportunity at landing that job by understanding who the Company is, its core values and show off your diligent preparation by rehearsing two to three solid and appropriate questions. Business Gurus tell us we have between three and seven seconds to make a lasting first impression! Don’t miss your opportunity!

Written by Maire Griffith, Recruitment Partner Temporary Division at Clark. Maire can be contacted on 045 881888 or email