Expert reveals the best questions to ask during a job interview

Recruitment firm suggests avoiding queries on potential salary or employee benefits

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Asking why the previous person who held the job left is among the best questions candidates can ask during an interview with potential employers, an expert has said.

Bill Driscoll, from temp agency Accountemps, outlined a series of recommended queries after the firm carried out a survey looking into job interview culture.

The research found the most common topics of enquiry were potential salary, the work environment, employee benefits and how much potential there is for growth within the company.

As a result of the survey, which saw more than 400 employed workers over-18 in the US questioned, Mr Driscoll suggested five questions to ask a prospective employer.

What’s a typical day like for someone in this position?
This will let you know what it’s actually like to work for that company, and that the employer has a clear vision of what they expect from you.

Why did the person who previously held the job leave?
While you may not be told directly if the person left for acrimonious reasons, any answer may give you a clue as to how well staff members are supported within the company.

What qualities do you need to be successful in this position?
This question will help you figure out how well suited you are to the job, and whether your previous experience will be a match for the role.

What are the greatest opportunities for the company in the next several years?
This will give you a clue as to where senior staff in the business see the company heading, and you can work out if this fits into your life plans.

What do you like most about working here?
By asking this, you will be able to find out more about the office culture, and what, if any, perks there are to working with that company. 

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