The interview process – Part 5: Questions to ask in an interview

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Sometimes, we spend so much time focusing on answering the questions during an interview, that we are caught off guard by one of the last questions: So, do you have any questions for us?

Many a recruiter will tell you: one of the most important parts of the interview process are the questions a candidate asks of a potential employer. There should be an importance of customising original questions that show that you, as a candidate, have listened, digested, and have been able to ask the questions that will make you stand out, and show that you have enthusiasm. In this article, we show how to do that.


Asking the right questions to your Interviewer

After you have nailed the interview questions, it is now time that you do the asking. The questions that you ask must make the interviewer take notice of you more seriously. When you know the right questions to ask your interviewer, you will stand out and show that you are an excellent candidate fit for the job and thus, leaving a lasting impression.


Take the opportunity that will accomplish the following:

  • Emphasise your commitment.
  • Exude confidence.
  • Advance your candidacy.
  • Demonstrate accountability.
  • Focus on your qualifications.
  • Show that you take the challenge of your employer.


Top questions to ask in an interview

What skills must an ideal candidate have?

This is a good question that will give you an idea about what the interviewer is looking for and whether you qualify for the position. If the interviewer says something that was not discussed yet, then this is your window to ask.


Are there any hesitations about my qualifications?

This is a very straightforward question that demonstrates your confidence in your skills and abilities.


What was a big problem that your company has faced and how will I be able to help solve the problem?

Asking this question gains you additional points because you are thinking about ways that you can help the team – showing you as a team player and giving the interviewer an insight that you might just fit the position.


What’s the best part about working in this company?

By asking this question, you can connect with the interviewer on a more personal level because the interviewer will share his or her feelings and experiences with you. You will also have an idea how people on the company are satisfied with their jobs.


Do you offer professional training or seminars or continuing education?

This is another good question that shows the interviewer that you are interested in improving what you know and growing with the company.


What does this company value the most and how can my working here further these values?

This will give you an insight on the values of the company and compare them to yours.


Can you tell me about who I will be working with?

If you take note of the way the question is addressed, you are assuming that you will get the job. Aside from that, you will have an idea on the types of people whom you will be interacting with everyday.

Who was in my position before?

The answer to this question can tell you if the person before you was promoted, fired, retired, or quit. This will lead to the next clue that will tell you if you have a chance to go up the ladder.


What’s do you expect of me during the first 60 days?

This gives you an idea on the things that you should prioritize.


What is the next step?

This is an important question that you can use as your last question. It demonstrates your interest in moving forward.


Questions NOT to ask during an interview

Asking questions will only add to your advantage if you ask the right ones. Below are the questions that you should not ask. Not asking any questions at all is better than asking these.

  • Do not ask for information that you can find on the Internet
  • Never ask about gossip
  • Do not ask if you can amend the salary, job description or schedule of work
  • Do not ask personal questions about the interviewer
  • Do not ask about time off and benefits
  • Do not ask when you can start applying for other positions in the company
  • Never ask what the company does – you should know this before applying
  • Never ask about how quick the promotion in the company is


These are just guide questions that you can use. Make them your own, based on your personality. Asking questions is not wrong, but not everyone is confident enough to ask questions after an interview. This will say a lot about you–especially if you ask the right ones.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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