revealing company interview questions for candidates

Revealing company interview questions for candidates

During any interview, you’ll be asked if you have any questions that you’d like to put forward about the role or company. Remember, interviews are an opportunity for both parties to find out more so use this time wisely to get as much information as you can and by asking the right company interview questions, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether this position is the right fit for you.

Here’s our list of revealing company interview questions that will help you get the insight you need.

Is this a new role?
As companies grow, they identify needs to expand their workforce which results in new roles being created. However, it’s not unusual for employees to leave existing roles either – what’s important here is that if the role was previously filled, why did the employee leave?

It’s probably not a good idea to ask this outright, be just look for signals that this role has had a high turnover of staff. If you’re told that the employee that previously held the position has been promoted then that’s a good sign – it means there’s scope in this company for career progression. But if the interviewer lets slip that they’ve had problems previously keeping this role filled then ask why and be on you guard.

Staff turnover rates
Happy employees seldom leave, whereas unhappy employees jump ship as soon as they possibly can. A company’s staff turnover rate illustrates a great deal about the working environment, company culture and the emphasis they place on keeping their staff happy.

If they have a particularly high staff turnover rate for their industry then alarm bells should be ringing, but if they can give you examples of members that have been part of the company for several years, it shows that this might be a good long-term opportunity.

Lunch arrangements
This might seem like an odd question, but bear with me. Ask where staff usually take their breaks – if the answer that lunch is normally eaten on their desks then chances are that employees are continuing to work through their breaks, either because they have too much to do or there’s nowhere else for them to go.

If there is another area that employees use for break then that’s great, short breaks away from your desk lead to happier, more productive employees and it show that the company appreciates this.

The company interview questions above are just a few ideas for getting the most information possible out of your short time with the employer. For more guidance on interview questions for the employer, contact a member of the Appointments team today on 01782 338787

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.