Key questions to ask future employers.


Whether you're an experienced professional or an entry-level graduate, interviews can be daunting ordeals that are often nervously anticipated weeks in advance. The primary purpose of an interview is for your potential employer to learn about your experience, skills, and suitability for the role and company on offer.

However, it is incredibly important that interviews are a two-way process. Preparing questions to ask your potential employer not only shows your enthusiasm for the role, but can also help to provide a better understanding of the company's workplace culture and wider opportunities. Asking intuitive and relevant questions in your interview can ensure that both the job and company are right for you.

The best questions to ask your future employer

Interviews obviously vary a great deal depending on the industry, company, and job specifications. Despite this, there are fundamental questions that can be adapted to suit almost any interview setting.

In a Robert Walters' whitepaper The Role of Workplace Culture in Recruiting Top Talent, it was found that over 98% of employers and 97% of professionals agreed upon the importance of cultural fit in the workplace. With that in mind, here are our top three questions to ask your future employer in an interview.

  1. What is your company culture like? Questions about company culture can be posed in several different ways, from asking outright, to querying what your interviewer likes best about the company, or perhaps even delving into the company's policies and values. As 69% of professionals research company culture by asking questions during an interview, the importance of a good culture fit is undeniable. Greater job satisfaction and improved performance are just some of the benefits associated with an optimum cultural fit between employer and employee.

  2. Are there opportunities for career development? This simple question is a brilliant way to not only learn about career advancement within the company, but to also show your future employer that you are interested in staying and growing with the firm. By presenting yourself as a motivated and determined professional with both short and long-term career goals, you should leave a lasting positive impression on your potential employer.

  3. How does this job fit into the team structure? In any job, some form of interaction with fellow employees, customers or clients, will likely make up at least part of your overall responsibilities. By pre-empting how you will fit into the team and what part you will play in the structure of the workforce as a whole, you will show your future employer that you are a pro-active team-player, who has already looked beyond personal duties and considered wider company practices.

These key questions can be tweaked or changed to suit the tone of the interview, the job in question and most importantly, what you require from a company.

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