Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a great interview and gotten to the end, only to get the question, “So, do you have any questions for me?”. While your first instinct might be to say, “no” to show your competence and deep understanding of the role and company, this is actually an opportunity to engage with the interviewer and show your interest through the questions you ask.
We reached out to our Director of Talent Acquisition, Gretchen Olwig, for her take on this topic. She said, “I love when candidates ask insightful questions during an interview. It shows they are well-prepared, interested in the opportunity, and helps determine how much they’ve retained from our conversation.” So, if you’re wondering what those types of questions might be, we’ve compiled a list of 50 for you, check it out below!
How would you describe a typical day?
What’s the first project that needs to be addressed?
How will the success of this role be measured?
What will be expected of me in my first month and then the first year of working with the company?
Who will I be working most closely with and what can you tell me about them?
Do you expect the department will grow in the next 6 months?
What other departments does your team work most closely with?
What is the most common career path in this department?
Can you give me some insight into the role that was not listed in the job description?
What traits will make the person in this role most likely to succeed?
Will there be any travel with this role?
If I am hired who will I be reporting to directly?
What's my future manager's leadership style?
How would you describe the team I would be working with?
What are the prospects for professional growth in the future?
What do you see as the most demanding aspects of the job?
What characteristics do you look for in employees you hire?
Is there anything about my background that makes you question if I am right for this role?
Can you show me any examples of what I’ll be working on?
What are the skills or personality traits you feel the team might be missing?
Do anticipate any changes to the main responsibilities of the position in the next 6 months to a year?
What are the current goals the team is working towards?
What type of training would I go through if hired?
How often will I be formally reviewed and what will that look like?
What are the goals the company as a whole is working towards?
What is the company’s plan for growth?
What excites you about the company’s future?
What role does this position play into the overall success of the company?
What do you enjoy about working in this industry?
How did you find yourself working here or in this role?
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at the company?
How has the company changed since you started working here?
How would you compare the company to other places you have worked?
What your favorite things about working here?
How would you describe the company culture?
Would you describe the work environment more collaborative or independent?
What was the last team event you all did together?
Can you describe how the company engages with the community?
What charitable partners does the company have, if any?
Do coworkers hang out outside of work?
How are the core values of the company shown on a daily basis?
How frequently do employees make themselves available outside of normal working hours?
What initiative do leaders at this company take to set employees up for success?
Does the company offer any opportunities for professional development?
Will I ever have the opportunity to represent the company at industry conferences?
What do people do for lunch here, is it a gathering time or do most people eat lunch at their desk?
Is there anything I can provide you that would be helpful in your decision?
What would you say the next steps would be from here?
When do you anticipate making a decision on the position?
Do you have any other questions I can answer for you?
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