Questions To Ask Your Interviewer

You probably already know that an interview isn’t just a chance for the hiring manager to grill you with interview questions—it’s your opportunity to sniff out whether a job is the right fit for you.

Which means:

  • It’s important to go in with some questions to ask of your own. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team?
  • To get you thinking, we’ve put together a list of key questions to ask in an interview.
  • We don’t suggest asking all of them rapid-fire—some of this stuff will certainly be covered during your discussion, and you can weave in other questions as you go.
  • But when the inevitable, “So, do you have any questions for us?” part of the interview comes? Use this list to make sure you’ve covered all your bases.

 

Questions 1 to 10 – Ask About the Job

First, make sure you have a handle on exactly what the day-to-day responsibilities of the job will be—both now and in the future.

  1. What does a typical day look like?
  2. What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
  3. Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?
  4. What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
  5. What attributes does someone need to have to be successful in this position?
  6. What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  7. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
  8. What sort of budget would I be working with?
  9. Is this a new role that has been created?
  10. Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?

 

Questions 11 to 16 – Ask About Training and Professional Development

Think of each new job not just as a job, but as the next step on your path to career success. Will this position help you get there?

  1. How will I be trained?
  2. What training programs are available to your employees?
  3. Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
  4. Would I be able to represent the company at industry conferences?
  5. Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
  6. Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?

 

Questions 17 to 20 – Ask About Your Performance

Understanding how your potential new manager will measure your success is key in both understanding the company priorities, as well as their managerial style.

  1. What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
  2. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
  3. What is the performance review processlike here? How often would I be formally reviewed?
  4. What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?

 

 

Questions 21 to 25 – Ask About the Interviewer

Asking questions of the interviewer shows that you’re interested in them as a person—and that’s a great way to build rapport.

  1. How long have you been with the company?
  2. Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
  3. What did you do before this?
  4. Why did you come to this company?
  5. What’s your favourite part about working here?

 

Questions 26 to 30 – Ask About the Company

Why not learn a little bit about where you might work. Because a job isn’t just about your day-to-day to-do list.

  1. I’ve read about the company’s founding, but can you tell me more about…?
  2. Where do you see this company in the next few years?
  3. What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
  4. What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
  5. What gets you most excited about the company’s future?

 

Questions 31 to 37 – Ask About the Team

The people you work with day in, and day out can really make or break your work life. Ask some questions to uncover whether it’s the right team for you.

  1. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
  2. Who will I work with most closely?
  3. Who will I report to directly?
  4. Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges?
  5. Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
  6. Which other departments work most closely with this one?
  7. What are the common career paths in this department?

 

 

Questions 38 to 47 – Ask About the Culture

Is the office buttoned-up conservative or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of place? Learn the subtle, but oh-so-important, aspects of company culture.

  1. What’s the company and team culture like?
  2. How would you describe the work environment here—is the work typically collaborative or more independent?
  3. Can you tell me about the last team event you did together?
  4. Is there a formal mission statement or company values? (Note: Make sure this isn’t Google-able!)
  5. What’s your favourite office tradition?
  6. What do you and the team usually do for lunch?
  7. Does anyone on the team hang out outside the office?
  8. Do you ever do joint events with other companies or departments?
  9. What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
  10. How has the company changed since you joined?

 

Questions 48 to 51 – Ask About Next Steps

Before you leave, make sure the interviewer has all the information they need and that you’re clear on the next steps by asking these questions.

  1. Is there anything that concerns you about my background being a fit for this role?
  2. What are the next steps in the interview process?
  3. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
  4. Can I answer any final questions for you?