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Smart Questions to Ask the Interviewer

At the end of your interviewer, most interviewers will ask you "Do you have any questions?"

An interview is not just a chance for the hiring manager to grill you, but it is your opportunity to sniff out whether a position would be as great for you as you would be for the position. So it is vital to ask some questions of your own. What do you want to know about the role? The company? The department? The team? The person interviewing you who may be your future boss, coworker, or mid-afternoon coffee buddy?

Below is a list of key questions to ask in an interview.

You should also customize these questions to the specific opportunity or ask tailored questions that show you are interested in the position a

About the Job

  1. What does a typical day or week look like in this role?

  2. What are the skills and experiences you are looking for in an ideal candidate?

  3. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?

  4. Is this a new role or will I be taking over for an employee who’s leaving?

About Training and Professional Development

  1. What does your onboarding process look like?

  2. What learning and professional development opportunities are available to your employees?

  3. Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?

About how your Success will be Evaluated

  1. What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?

  2. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?

  3. What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?

About the Interviewer

  1. How long have you been with the company and has your role changed since you’ve been here?

  2. What’s your favorite part about working here?

  3. What’s one challenge you occasionally or regularly face in your job?

About the Company

  1. What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?

  2. What gets you most excited about the company’s future?

  3. What are the company’s most important values?

About the Team

  1. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

  2. What are the team’s biggest strengths and challenges?

  3. Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?

About Company Culture

  1. How would you describe the work environment here—is the work typically more collaborative or more independent?

  2. How does the team form and maintain strong bonds?

  3. Can you tell me about the last company event you did together?

  4. Does anyone at the company or on this team hang out outside the office?

About Next Steps

  1. What are the next steps in the interview process?

  2. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?

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