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Interview questions you need to ask at your interview

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Interview questions where you can question the interviewer normally happen towards the end of an interview.

This is a great chance to learn more about the role and check if it is the right match for you.

Make sure you prepare your interview questions in advance. Remember, by not asking anything you could give the impression you’re not overly interested.

Be careful though! Don’t ask a question if it has already been answered during the interview.

While you may have some interview questions that spring to mind before or during the interview, here are a few areas and questions you might want to consider as preparation.

General interview questions

  • Why are you recruiting for this role?
  • What happened to the previous incumbent or is it a new position?
  • How regularly will there be appraisals and performance reviews?
  • What hours and days will you be typically required to work?

Swimming teacher interview questions

  • What size group will you be teaching and is this likely to change?
  • How many other teachers work at the school / centre?
  • How much freedom will there be to plan lessons?
  • Does the school / centre invest in training? How much scope is there for professional development and support?
  • Will the role involve teaching across the board from child to adult and, if not, will this be a possibility in the future?

Swimming coach interview questions

  • Ask about the club’s targets and expectations for the next few years. How many national qualifying times are they aiming to achieve?
  • Are they hoping to increase the number of competitive teams at the club?
  • How much support does the club have in terms of local funding and volunteer support?
  • What links does the club have with local schools?
  • Does the club feed into any other larger clubs in the area?

Lifeguard interview questions

  • Find out how busy you’re going to be! How many shifts will you be doing a week? How senior are the other lifeguards who work there? What lifesaving equipment do they have at the pool?
  • How busy does the pool get? Ideally, you will have visited the pool a number of times yourself so will know a bit about the centre already.
  • Will their be scope for promotion? Is pool centre management something you’re interested in? If so, make it clear that you’d like to develop your career within the centre and eventually take on more responsibilities.
  • Are the teachers and coaches trained in lifesaving as well?