6 Top Questions to Ask at Interview

2. What would you expect the successful candidate to achieve in the first three months?  

Asking about short-term plans and targets shows that you’re motivated and driven. It’s also a great way to gauge the day-to-day nature of the role and whether it still appeals to you. Listen carefully to the recruiter’s answer and if you’re still keen, be sure to give your own thoughts on how you might reach given milestones. For example, if you’re interviewing for a web designer role and you’re told that the first three months will involve mapping user journeys, be sure to give examples of how you’ve done this in the past.   

3. Is there a chance for career development? What does this look like?  

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You’re likely to want to know whether this job will impact your future career in a positive way. That’s why it’s good to press the recruiter on career development. If there’s a specific area that you’d like to learn more about, ask about both internal and external training opportunities. Unlike the private sector, charities usually don’t have large training budgets, but there should still be scope to further your skills. If you find that the recruiter gives a vague answer, ask about other members of the team. What has their career path been to date?  

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