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What to ask when they ask if you have questions? 10 interview questions for the interviewee to ask

I have had the opportunity to sit through hundreds of job interviews in my careers. I see interviewees make some common mistakes in those interviews. One of the biggest is not using time to ask us - the interviewers - questions.

As a potential candidate for a job, you want to make sure that the company is the right fit for you. You're going to do all the research you can about a company before an interview. You also want to keep doing research DURING the interview. A primary tool that you can use for this process is to ask questions of your interviewers during and at the end of the interview.

I've seen far, far too many candidates fail to ask questions at the end of an interview. When you don't have a question, you may inadvertently communicate that you aren't curious or don't wish to learn about the culture. Always be prepared to ask a question or two in any interview setting. Here are a few of my favorite questions to consider asking if you're not sure what to ask.

  1. How did this role become open? (alternatively - Is this a new role or are you filling the role following it being vacated?)

  2. In this role, what individuals and groups would I work with most often?

  3. What is the best thing about working here?

  4. How do you get feedback on your performance in this organization?

  5. How will I be encouraged and supported to grow professionally here?

  6. What would a successful first 100 days look like for someone in this role?

  7. What are the three highest priority projects you see this position being involved in immediately?

  8. Do you have any hesitations about my background or experience and my overall fit for the position?

  9. What new initiatives or projects are on this horizon for this position to take on?

  10. What are some paths or opportunities for growth that individuals in this organization have?

What other questions would you add to this list?


Lacie Marie Couzin
Lacie Marie Couzin
Sep 21, 2022

I like to ask the person I would be reporting to how they would characterize their leadership style. Both their reaction to receiving the question, and the answer they provide, speak volumes as to whether or not I am interested in an second interview or job offer that may be coming my way.

Kara Monroe
Kara Monroe
Sep 21, 2022
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What a good one! My article for this week is questions on assessing organizational culture - I'm going to add your idea to it! Perfectly timely - thank you!

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