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Your Questions at Interview

What questions do you have for us? 

The answer is always YES…  (NEVER SAY NO) Be prepared using some of the following suggestions.

Employers want you to ask your own questions. It shows what is important to you and potentially your interest in the company or the job role.

Choose your questions wisely. Do not ask questions that have already been covered throughout the interview itself – it will look as if you were not listening.  By not asking any questions give the impression that you are not bothered and you do not care

The following is a list of questions you could ask at interview:

  • If I was successful in the position, could you describe a typical day?
  • How would you describe the working environment here?
  • Will I be given training, if so what sort?
  • How is the training provided, i.e. after hours, mentor, classroom-based?
  • What are the normal hours of work?
  • Who will I be working with; team, individually, on a production line?
  • Who will I be responsible to?
  • Is PPE/uniform provided?
  • If I was successful in the position would there be opportunities for development and promotion?
  • When may I expect a decision?
  • When would I expect to start?
  • Will I be able to continue to train by day release?
  • If I am unsuccessful in this post, could I be considered for the next vacancy?

DO NOT ASK….. NO! NO! NO!

  • Is there holiday pay?
  • What is the hourly rate or salary level?
  • Do you get paid for being sick?
  • I prefer late shifts, is that possible?
  • I cannot work Christmas/Easter etc. Is this okay?
  • Will I be paid overtime?

These are pointless questions unless you are offered the job.  They can make the employer feel you are ONLY interested in money or time off.

If you are offered the job, you ought to have these questions answered for you some, as part of a contract of employment.  If you don’t like the answers you may wish to turn down the offer of a job.