WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK DURING A JOB INTERVIEW?
Did you just get call for a job interview? Congratulations! The excitement of possibly landing a new role within a company is always a great feeling. However, we all know the true reality of interviewing is this: you must interview and you must interview well. Many people fear the interview for this specific reason. One way you can interview well is to ask questions at the end of the job interview.
Interviewing is a two-way street, and asking questions at the end of the interview shows the employer that you’re interested in the role and you’re not looking to take just any job (even though you may be willing). An interviewer won’t just take any employee, so you should have the same approach when it comes to interviewing. We’ve successfully gathered information from career coaches and recruiters and put together a guide of questions that you can ask at the end of your interview to stand out. Here’s 117 questions to ask an interviewer in a job interview.
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT PERFORMANCE
- How will my performance be measured in this role?
- How often are formal performance reviews given and how are they conducted?
- What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
- Within the first 30, 60, 90 days into this role, what are your expectations?
- How will I receive feedback on my performance?
- What does it take to be a top performer in this role?
- How involved are employees in the overall structuring of their own goals and tasks?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
- What are the specific goals within the department?
- Where do you see this department going in the next 3-5 years?
- What other departments in the company will I be working closely with?
- Are you looking to hire more people into this role or department within the next 3 to 6 months?
- What are the biggest challenges facing this department?
- How many people work within this department?
- Tell me about this department’s most successful employees. What do they do differently that allows them to succeed?
- How is success measured and defined within this department?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT MANAGEMENT
- Could you describe the overall style of management here?
- How does management deliver negative feedback to employees? (You will more than likely receive this type of feedback at some point, so it’s important to ask and know that management won’t throw a chair at you if you do something wrong.)
- How does management incorporate employee feedback into day-to-day operations?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
- What do you like the most about working for this company?
- So tell me. What do you hate about working for this company? (Bad question, don’t even think about it.)
- Why haven’t you quit yet? (L.O.L)
- How long have you been with the company?
- How was your onboarding process?
- What has contributed to your success here?
- What influenced you to work in this industry?
- What goals do you have for the company and yourself in the next 5-10 years?
- What has allowed you to be successful here?
- What is the most challenging part about your job?
- Can you walk me through your typical work day?
- What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since joining this company?
- What is your management style?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LAST EMPLOYEE (THE JUICY STUFF!)
- So, what happened to the last guy? (Don’t ask this please.)
- What is the last person who held this role moving on to? (Much better.)
- Where have previous successful employees in this role progressed to?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TEAM
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working alongside with?
- What specific skills will be beneficial to the team I’ll be joining?
- What is your team’s greatest accomplishment?
- What are the personality traits of the team I’ll be working with?
- How do you see my personality fitting in with the team? (Make sure you show some personality in your interview, don’t be dull.)
- What is the team’s biggest challenge?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPANY
- Where do you see the company going in the next 5 years? (Ask this, even if you know deep down that the company is heading to destruction.)
- Your company is getting crushed by xxxx company. Why is that? What are you doing wrong? (Oh, this is such a great question to ask. Especially if you want to never hear back from the employer ever again. Hit em’ where it hurts.)
- Who is this company’s top competitor and why? (Much better.)
- How does this company differentiate itself from its competitors?
- What are the biggest challenges facing this company and how is the company working to overcome those challenges?
- How would you describe this company to a potential new hire?
- What is the company’s relocation policy? (Don’t say you’re looking to move to Vegas or LA. Even if you are, DON’T do it. You’ll regret it.)
- Can you share some information about the company’s financial position? (If it’s a private company, don’t kill your chances at getting hired if that’s public online information.)
- What are some of the biggest rewards of the role and working for the company?
- How does the company view creativity and individuality?
- What is the turnover rate for this company?
- What is this company’s strengths and weaknesses?
- How does this company handle the generational gap that’s common in today’s workplace?
- What type of volunteer opportunities and community service does this organization support and offer to its employees?
- What about an employee does this company value the most?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROLE
- Who will I be working most closely with in this role?
- What prompted you to hire for this role?
- How are goals set for this role?
- What particular computer equipment and software programs will I be using to effectively carry out my day-to-day tasks?
- If I am hired, what would be my top priority coming into this role?
- Can you describe a typical day in the role?
- How does this position contribute to the organization’s success?
- Do my skills and experiences match with this role?
- In regards to previous employees in this role, what differentiated the good, from the bad, from the great?
- What would my first week look like?
- Are there any job shadowing opportunities available before an applicant accepts an offer?
- How can I start preparing for this role now?
- What does training look like for this role?
- Is this a new position? (If they haven’t told you much about it already.)
- What are some of the challenges in this role?
- Will I need to travel in this role?
- Is overtime expected?
- What part of this position has the steepest learning curve?
- How often will I have to meet tight deadlines?
- What are the department’s expectations about managing workflow?
- Are there any upcoming project that I would be expected to work on soon if given the position?
- What improvements or changes do you hope a new candidate will bring to this position?
- What can you tell me about the job aside from the responsibilities listed in the job description?
- Do you expect the responsibilities in this role to change in the near future?
- Who will I directly report to in this role?
- What is the atmosphere during the busiest times in this role?
- What does it take to be successful in this role?
- Can you tell me more in detail about to day-to-day responsibilities within this role?
- What skills and qualities are most important for someone to succeed in this role?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPANY CULTURE
- How important is company culture to this organization?
- Can we drink in the office? (Sure, go ahead and paint yourself as an alcoholic before your first day. The team will love you. Great strategy.)
- What is the company culture?
- Could you tell me what was the last team event or outing?
- What kind of employee achievements are recognized by the company?
- Since you first became a part of this company, how has the culture positively impacted you and the team?
- Does the company have any traditions that you enjoy or think are interesting to share?
- How does the company culture reflect your values?
- What benefits and perks does the company offer?
- What benefits are focused on work-life balance?
- How frequently are employees expected to make themselves available outside of normal working hours?
- What type of people tend to thrive within this company’s culture?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT GROWTH & CAREER ADVANCEMENT
- What are the opportunities for professional development within this role?
- Is there room for growth and advancement in this position?
- I don’t want to be in this role for too long. What’s next after this role and how fast can I get there? (This is probably how most people feel, but don’t ask. Please.)
- How does leadership promote employee growth?
- How much assistance is available to individuals in developing and achieving goals?
- Does this company offer a mentorship program or system?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INDUSTRY
- What current industry trends have the biggest impact on this department?
- What current trends or innovations in the industry are you most excited about?
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF
- Do you have any concerns or reservations about my background in regards to fitting in this role?
- How do I compare against other candidates interviewed for this role?
- Are there any other questions I can answer for you about my skills and qualifications?
- This isn’t a question but I’m the best damn candidate you got for this role. You and I both know it. Don’t waste your time looking at other candidates. Hire me now, I’m ready. (Aggressive much?)
JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF
- What are next steps in the interview process?
- How long does the onboarding process usually take?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
- What is the onboarding process for this role?
- If I am extended a job offer, how soon can I expect to start?
- When will you expect to make a decision on who to hire for this role?
- I enjoyed meeting with you today. Could I please have a business card so I can follow up with a thank you email?
- Is there any more information I can provide you with?
- Is there anything else you need to know about my ability to do this job?
So there you have it! 117 interview questions that you can ask the interviewer during an interview from career coaches and recruiters. Remember, just because you CAN ask it, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Choose between 5-10 questions to ask and make sure that you are strategic with the particular questions you choose to ask. Be sure to check out this piece on how to prepare for your next job interview to ensure that you land a new role. Happy interviewing!