Questions to Ask at Interviews
When you are asked if you have any questions, be prepared! You should have 2-3 questions ready and ask only relevant questions. Take the time frame and information you learned during the interview into account before you ask too many questions.
How to Develop Questions
Your pre-application, pre-interview research of the employer and position should provide you with several questions. In addition, you should listen carefully during the interview process and ask appropriate job related questions that arise.
Most people enjoy talking about themselves, so you usually can’t go wrong by asking the interviewer about his or her personal experience with the hiring company. Why did he or she choose to work here? What does he or she like about it? What has been his or her career progression with the company?
- Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?
- What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job?
- What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
- How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? And by whom? How often?
- Can you describe the company’s management style?
- Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
- What are the company’s values?
- How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department?
- What is the organization’s policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices?
- Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
- Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current?
- What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the future? What is the biggest threat?
- Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
- How is this department perceived within the organization?
- Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization?
- What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?
- Do you have any reservations about my qualifications for this job? (Asking this question enables you to address any concerns the interviewer might have).
- When do you expect to make a decision? This question will guide your schedule for following up with the employer.
- If I’m a finalist for the position, what is the next step in the process? This helps you to clarify the next steps, such as further rounds of interviews.
Ask “me-first” questions, i.e. “What can you do for me?” questions regarding salary, benefits, vacation, etc. Avoid questions that may reveal a weakness, such as, “Will I have to meet deadlines?”.