Candidate questions

You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions.

Regarding role specific questions, look through the job description to see if there are any areas that you would like more information about. Here are some good examples of the questions you could ask about the role:

  • Why has the position become available?
  • What are the main objectives and responsibilities of the position?
  • How does the company expect these objectives to be met?
  • What are the measures used to judge how successful I am in the role?
  • What obstacles are commonly encountered in reaching these objectives?
  • What is the desired time frame for reaching the objectives?
  • What can I expect from you in terms of development and support?
  • What aspirations do you have for me at the company?
  • Where will the job fit into the team structure?


At the end of the interview

At the close of the interview, be positive. Thank the panel for the opportunity to meet with them and for their time and consideration. Convey the impression that you really want the job and that you look forward to hearing from them.

The panel should let you know when a decision will be made and how you will be notified. If they do not, you should ask.

What happens next?

If you are offered the job – congratulations! Respond positively to the news. It may be that the role is daunting and that it will stretch you professionally. It may mean a big life change (eg relocation). Try not to let these other factors influence your initial response.