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 Job interviews can be a daunting experience. You've spent weeks researching the company, Googled every interview question under the sun and have even bought some new shoes. On the day, you feel like it's going smoothly and are thanking yourself for all of those hours you spent preparing your carefully thought out answers. After what feels like a lifetime, the interview seems to be drawing to a close, and you are getting ready to shake their hand and thank them for their time. Except, the interviewer then proceeds to ask you for your questions to which you both endure a painful 5 seconds of silence whilst you desperately search your brain for something intelligent to ask. The above situation is unfortunately all too common amongst graduate interviews and can often result in an otherwise impressive candidate leaving a bad impression. Failing to prepare questions can make you look like you lack a genuine interest in the role, so think carefully about what you can take away from the interview. It's vital that you utilise these questions as a chance to suss out whether the job is really right for you, as the interview is as much about the employer as it is you. Not sure what to ask? We've put together some interview question inspiration so you can fill that awkward silence and use it as a chance to impress the employer and score some serious brownie points.

1. What would I be doing on a typical day?

This question will allow the hiring manager to go into much more detail about the role. Job descriptions are not always completely representative of what you'd be doing on an everyday basis, so use this as an opportunity to find out more and don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to elaborate if you're unsure about anything. If you are offered the job, you will have a better idea of what to expect when you start so you won't have any false expectations.

2. Would there be an opportunity to progress further down the line?

This will show the employer your ambition to succeed; it showcases that you are conscious about your future career and that you intend to stay in the company. It's a good idea to be aware of the progression opportunities as you don't want to later realise there is no scope to move up in the company, or if you'll have to wait for somebody higher up to leave to do so. Alternatively, you could ask where previous employees in the same role have ended up, as it will indicate whether there is a clear path of progression.