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27 October, 2020 9 min read

10 questions to ask recruiters during an interview

“Do you have any questions for us?” aka the most dreaded question you get during a job interview. The best way to fight your fear and nail that question is to come prepared. We give you 10 examples of questions you can ask your interviewer.

 

First - make sure you do your homework

Before even writing down questions you’ll ask your recruiters at your job interview, do your due diligence. If you’re preparing your interview, chances are you’re already researching all the information you can find on the company, their industry, company culture and more.

Keep your findings nearby when working on your questions: you won’t want to ask a question when the answer could easily be found on the internet, it will make you look lazy and unprepared.

If you need help preparing your interview, check out our guide “10 interview questions and how to answer”.

What can you ask your recruiters?

  • How did this position become available?

With this question, you want to determine whether you’re applying to a newly created position or to fill in for an employee who left or got promoted. 

A newly created position could be an indicator of growth; the company is growing and investing in their human resources.

If you’re replacing someone who got a promotion, it’s good news too. The company seems to provide opportunities for career growth and professional development.

However, if recruitment takes place to replace someone who left, this could potentially mean that the position has a high turnover. A great follow up question would be - “how many people have held this role in the past 3 years?”.

  • Who’s the ideal candidate for the role?

While the job description gives you insights on what’s expected from you in the role, asking this question to a recruiter or hiring manager may give you extra details as to what they exactly want the right person to be.

It will allow you to understand if you’re a good fit, and if you are you should jump on the opportunity to highlight any strengths or qualities you haven’t mentioned before that are expected from the ideal candidate. Of course you shouldn’t make it up and only mention what’s real and relevant while providing examples.

  • What does a typical day look like?

It will help you understand what tasks are performed on a day to day basics. Is the job repetitive? Or does it have various missions? You’ll also get a clear understanding of the company’s expectations and priorities for this role.

  • How do you measure success in this role?

With this question, you want to know about the main KPIs in the role. If your interviewers give you a clear answer, it can translate that the company is keen on measuring success, celebrating it and that they value feedback for and potentially from their employees.

  • Can you please describe the company culture?

When applying for a job, the company is looking for a candidate who’ll be a good fit but you are also on the hunt for a company that will fit your criteria. You want to make sure that you’ll feel comfortable with the dynamic of the company.

If you’re looking for a position that values work flexibility, the company culture should give you an idea of what you can expect (provided you couldn’t find the answer online).

  • What’s the typical career evolution for someone in this position?

The answer to this question will help you understand how career progression works in the company and if higher positions are filled internally or externally.

Asking this question will show your interviewer that you are interested in growing within the organisation and that you can imagine your future in a key position.

  • In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in this role?

As much as you’d like to know what makes the job perfect for you, you should also enquire about the downsides and potential issues that can arise in this position. 

No job is perfect, but here you want to assess whether or not you’ll be willing to overcome these challenges or if it’s a hard pass.

  • What do you most enjoy about working in this company?

This one is a great open question where your interviewer can give you extra information about the company culture and other perks not previously mentioned.

It can also give you insights about what the team’s like and how it fits into the organisation as a whole.

  • Do you have any feedback for me?

Great qualities that companies are after are humility and willingness to learn. By asking this question, you show your interviewers that you are ready to work and improve on any trait or skill to be the best candidate.

  • What are the next steps?

This question shows that you take action and your excitement to move further down the interview process. The answer will provide valuable info about the timeline and when to expect an answer. Use this information to follow up accordingly (not too soon, not too late).

 

With these 10 examples, you can now prepare your interview and avoid an awkward blank or endless “mmmh” when asked if you have any questions by your interviewers. And if your interview is online, make sure to be ready with our dedicated article “10 tips to succeed your Zoom interview”.

 

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