Final interview preparation
Prepare to ask questions
At the end of the interview you will be asked if you have any questions.
Well thought out questions indicate a genuine passion for a position:
- show you’ve done your research and have a good understanding of the position
- don't ask the obvious or for information you could have found easily.
Possible areas for questions:
- clarification of specific responsibilities and day to day tasks
- work conditions, such as training and professional development opportunities
- generally don’t ask questions about salary or holidays (try to find this out BEFORE an interview)
- ask for details on a topic the interviewer mentioned, such as particular services, projects and priorities
- base a question around your research on the employer (this will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge).
If you’re not offered the opportunity to ask questions, politely ask if it is an appropriate time to clarify a few points.
What do I take to the interview?
- the application you submitted
- any preparatory notes
- your list of questions.
You may also want to take:
- the position description and selection criteria
- your originals of relevant qualifications and/or academic transcripts with a photocopy they can keep
- a portfolio (if appropriate to your field).
Display documents in a professional business folder or on a laptop or tablet.