1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
2. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
This question can often lead to valuable information that’s not in the job description. It can help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that you are a good fit.
3. What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
Find out what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position.
4. Describe the culture of the company.
Are you a good fit for this particular organization? Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and the dynamic of the company.
5. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.
6. Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they will be able to give you insight you can’t find anywhere else.
7. What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
This question shows your drive to seize opportunity and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
8. What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
On the flip side, you may want to ask about challenges. This question can help you uncover trends and issues in the industry and perhaps identify areas where your skills could save the day.
9. What do you like best about working for this company/What do you like about working for this company?
Ask about your interviewer’s personal experience for additional insight into the company’s culture.
10. What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organization. By asking the question, you show your interest in growing with the organization — just be careful not to phrase it in a way that sounds too self-serving (i.e. When can I expect a raise and a promotion?).
11. What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately if this information hasn't already been disclosed to you.
12. Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
This question helps you determine how the position became available. Was it company/department expansion, internal promotion or did someone leave the position due to other circumstances.
13. What are the biggest rewards of the job and working for this company?
This question will help you gain a deeper understand of what you'll receive from the role in terms of progression, but other benefits perhaps not listed on the advert or company handbook.
14. How has the company changed over the last few years?
A good probing question as it shows you care about the company's journey, both where they've come from and where they're going. It also helps as the Interviewer/Manager will give you a more detailed overview of the business that you probably wouldn't find elsewhere.
15. Do you have a process/policy for helping new members of the team get on board?
This will help you see what kind of induction/on-boarding journey the company has for its new employees and will also help you in making your decision if they're the right company for you. Your induction is crucial in the early stages of your career and has significant impact on your experience of your new employer. If they fail to deliver a concise and detailed induction it will make you wonder what else lies in store when it come around to appraisals, reviews and other key milestones in your career with the