Preparing for an interview is as important as the interview itself. Don’t forget to prepare for the tricky question many job seekers forget: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Don’t worry. This is your chance to show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the position, to learn more about the employer, and to show your expertise.
It’s a smart move to put together a list of questions you could ask and bring it along with you to the interview. Remember, your questions should:
- Help you understand the business better
- Give you more information about the position and the company’s business model
- Provide some insight into the company culture and how the team functions
- Show that you already have some level of expertise
- Show that you’ve been paying attention to the details throughout the interview
- Show that you’re enthusiastic about the position
50 Powerful Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
The questions below can help you achieve these goals. Just remember, ask questions that are direct and focused, and show the interviewer you are genuinely interested in the job.
- How do you spend a typical day at work?
- What would you say is the most common issue you tackle every day?
- Why did you get into this field initially?
- What part of your job do you find to be the most challenging?
- What is your favorite part of your job?
- Do you have any favorite resources where I can learn more about this type of work?
- What’s next for the company?
- What one thing would you improve about the company if you could?
- What did you do before you worked here?
- How is your company different from similar companies?
- How would you describe the culture in your department?
- Would you say the work process here is more team-oriented or done on an individual basis more often?
- Why do your clients choose your company?
- What surprised you most when you first started working here?
- What personal skills do you have that have helped you succeed here?
- What was your major in college?
- What does the team do outside the office?
- Do teams do things together outside of work?
- How would you describe the company philosophy?
- What values do you think are most important for the company?
- How does the company handle change on a bigger scale? Can you give me an example?
- What market trends is the company trying to capitalize on at the moment?
- How long does it typically take for someone to advance to the next job level in this department?
- How has your job affected your lifestyle?
- Do you think this field is growing or starting to stagnate?
- If there was one aspect of the team’s day-to-day workflow that this role could help improve, what would it be?
- What are three adjectives you’d use to describe the culture on your team?
- How important is it to have industry-specific experience for this position?
- How active is your company in the community?
- Does the company encourage volunteerism?
- What’s the most significant change your department has gone through in the past few years?
- Who are your main competitors?
- What are the three things I could contribute to the team right away?
- How would you describe the management style here?
- What type of person succeeds here?
- What would you say the key to the company’s success has been?
- What main problem would you say your company is solving?
- Do you work more with internal or external customers?
- What is your company’s long-term product vision?
- How would paying customers describe the value of your product?
- How does the performance review process work here?
- Are there times of the year that are busier than others?
- What are the company’s business objectives for this year, and how do you measure success?
- Is this a newly created position, or are you replacing someone?
- How does this position fit into the everyday workflow in this department?
- How do you envision the person you hire stepping into the role?
- How long does it usually take someone in this role to get up to speed?
- What goals do you have for the person who gets the job?
- How do people on your team communicate and stay connected?
- What would you consider as the most creative or enjoyable part of your job?
Good Questions Lead to Helpful Insights
Remember, the questions you ask your interviewer should go beyond satisfying your curiosity. This part of the interview is your chance to show your interest and to find out crucial aspects of the job that could impact your decision-making process. The questions on our list are not necessarily the only interview questions you should ask. You may want to add a few possibilities specific to the job you’re seeking.
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