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How to ask questions in an interview

Questions to ask in an interview queston mark symbolA job interview is not only for the interviewer to decide if you are the most suitable person for the job. It is also a great chance for you to get to know the position and company. Asking questions shows initiative and confidence and will be fundamental in helping you decide if this is the right career move for you. 

Questions to clarify responsibilities of the role and enable you to assess if you have the right skills are important to ask. Just as important are questions that help you gain an insight into the company's culture to help you decide if you could see yourself working there.

Questions about the company are welcome. Most interviewers are proud of their organisation and will respond well to a candidate who has taken the time to research their company and asks questions that validate this research.

These may relate to the future business direction of the company or to new products products and services. As well as visiting the company website review news items and conversations on social media platforms such as twitter, facebook or Google+ to see what the companies current issues are.

Keep in mind as each company and role differs so too will the appropriate questions. You will also need to use your discretion to judge what questions to ask based on how the interview is flowing. 

One question you may consider asking the interviewer if appropriate is 'what do they enjoy most about working for this company?'

If you are attending your second interview don't assume it will be more of a casual chat, be prepared for an interview as formal as the first and use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have thought of since the first interview. 

And keep in mind: If you are attending an interview at a recruitment company first, treat this interview as important as a client interview, don't forget the client has engaged them to select only the most suitable candidates to be put forward so ask relevant questions that give you the opportunity to give an answer that will sell yourself.