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The Right Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

Congratulations, you've landed an interview for your dream job! You've memorised the job description and you're prepared with solid answers for answering the standard "Tell us about yourself" and "Give us an example of when" questions. But are you prepared for when they ask you "Do you have any questions for us?"

Wait, what?

Yes, you can and should be asking questions in your job interview. It shows you've come prepared and done some research, and also gives you the opportunity to interview them. You want to know that the role, company and culture are the right for you. (Just like they want to know if you are right for them.)

18 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

Preparing a mix of general and industry-specific questions will help you to make a lasting impression and increase your chances of success in the competitive job market. It can feel daunting, but don't worry, we've got your back with some questions that will show you're not just any candidate, but the right one.

General Interview Questions

  1. What does a typical day look like for someone in this position?
  2. Can you describe the company culture and work environment?
  3. What opportunities for professional development and growth are available within the company?
  4. How is performance measured and evaluated in this role?
  5. How will this role support the firm's goals?
  6. What do you enjoy most about working for this company?
  7. What are the most significant challenges the company or department is currently facing?
  8. How does the company support work-life balance for its employees?
  9. How could I impress you in the first three months?
  10. Where do you think the practice is headed in the next five years?
  11. What is the next step in the hiring process, and when can I expect to hear from you?

UK Accountancy Industry Questions

  1. How does the company stay up-to-date with changes in accounting regulations and standards?
  2. What is the company's client base or industry focus?
  3. What accounting software or systems does the company use, and how proficient do you expect employees to be with these tools?
  4. How does the company handle the transition to Making Tax Digital (MTD)?
  5. What are the team's expectations regarding collaboration with other departments or external partners, such as auditors or tax advisors?
  6. How has the company adapted to changes in the accounting industry?
  7. Does this company offer any study support?

Asking insightful questions during your interview can demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and the company, as well as showcase your industry knowledge and engagement. The answers given can also help you make an informed decision on whether that job is the right one for you. 

Good luck with your interview!

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