When you attend an interview, not only you will be asked questions but also you can ask questions an interviewer. More importantly, it’s obligatory because many interviewers say that you should come prepared with questions. However, what should you ask? Here is a list of questions that will definitely give you ideas.
Questions About the Job
- Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?
- What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
- What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?
- Can you describe to me examples of projects I’d be working on?
- What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
- Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?
- Would I need to travel for the position?
- Is overtime expected and/or allowed?
Questions About the Team
- Can you tell me what the team is like?
- Who will I be working most closely with?
- How does senior management view/interact with the person in this position?
- How would you describe the overall style of management at the company?
- What do your employees like most about working here?
- Could you tell me a little bit about the person I would report to directly?
- How would my role help improve teamwork?
Questions About Professional Development
- Are there opportunities for professional development? If so, what do those look like?
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
- What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
- How will I be trained?
- What training programs are available?
Questions About the Company
- Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
- What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
- What do you like best about working for this company?
- What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values?
- What’s your favorite part about working at the company?
- Which competitors/products/targets are you most worried about?
- What are the company’s goals for the future?
Questions About the Culture
- Describe the culture of the company. What type of people tend to really thrive here, and what type don’t do as well?
- How has the company changed since you joined?
- What’s your office tradition?
- How would you describe the work environment here?
These questions will help you get the necessary information about your future job and company but keep in mind that some information you can google or get from the job vacancy. So, while preparing your questions, you can use this list not as a guide but as a source of inspiration. You should adapt them according to your needs and situation.