Questions to ask at a job interview


Suggestions for questions

You sit at a job interview. The interviewer asks you do you have any questions. Do you either have one or two, or maybe none? According to Stats SA, the youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market as the unemployment rate among this age group was 55,2% in the 1st quarter of 2019. It is important to prepare for interviews because you are usually competing against many other job applicants.

Jacquelyn Smith wrote an article about ”good questions to ask” that appeared in the Business Insider SA  of  Jul 26, 2019

Why do you need to ask questions?

It’s important to remember that every interview is a two-way street. You should be interviewing the employer just as much as they’re interviewing you because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit. It’s the best way to determine if you’d be happy working for this employer and whether your goals are aligned with theirs.

  • The interviewer firstly expects you to have some questions.
  • Asking good questions might positively change the interviewer’s perception of you.
  • It is a good idea to have at least 4 questions ready to ask about the new job. Think about what you really want to know.  Don’t just ask anything. It would help if you benefited from getting the answer.
  • It allows you to gain information about the job that might otherwise not have been disclosed to you.
  • Be careful not to ask anything that has been addressed already.

Here are Jacqueline’s suggestions for questions to choose from:

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