Questions to Ask in an Interview (Question List)

questions to ask in an interview

Asking questions to your interviewer during your interview can show that you have a passion for the business objectives. It can show your engagement in the conversation and build important chemistry between you and the interviewer that can lead to another round of interviews or a final job offer.

But how do you know what questions to ask? And what about the timing of these questions? It can be a great idea to be prepared with a few questions in advance. And use the right opportunity and timing in the interview to ask them.

Why is Asking Questions a Good Thing

Asking questions to your interviewer shows engagement in the conversation. Additionally, it shows your interviewer that you’re actively listening (link) to the conversation and using your creative thought process to comprehend what you’re being told.

This can be an effective way to show your interviewer that you understand business objectives, culture objectives, personal objectives, and much more.

Picture a conversation during a first date. If the other party on the first date didn’t ask you much or didn’t speak much in general. How would that make you feel? Most likely, it would make you feel like the other party didn’t want to be in attendance. And that may make you feel uncomfortable in the conversation.

How Many Questions Should You Ask

How many questions should you ask in your interview? You should have at least 5-8 questions prepared in advance. You might not have the opportunity to ask all of the questions you’ve prepared. But having more questions prepared than you need can help ensure that you have an applicable question to ask based on the active conversation.

When to Ask Questions

If you have a question that you think fits into the mold of conversation, you may feel compelled to jump in, interrupt the interviewer and ask your question. This will be disruptive to the conversation and won't feel natural. What you should do is write your questions on a notebook in advance of your interview, then reference your notes when there's a transition in the conversation.

A transition in the conversation will happen naturally. It occurs when the interviewer goes from telling you about the company, to the role, to asking questions about who you are. There will be small breaks in the conversation when these transitions occur and this is your opportunity to ask questions.

Lastly, toward the end of the interview session, there will be time for you to ask questions. This is normally a 5-10 minute amount of allotted time in the interview that the interviewer has designated for you. This could be a perfect time to ask your questions. Although, if your question is regarding a part of the conversation that was relatively early, you may want to recap parts of the discussion before asking your question. This will remind the interviewer of the discussion you had and make the question feel targeted to the session.

Questions About The Company

Below are questions you should be asking related to the company.

Questions About the Role

Below are questions you can ask related to your role within the business.

Questions About Success in the Role

Below are questions you can ask related to the success of the role in particular.

Questions About Departmental Collaboration

Below are questions related to collaboration between departments.

Questions About Your Colleagues

Below are questions you can ask related to your colleagues and driving success with them.

Questions to Ask About Culture

Below are questions you can ask related to company culture.

Questions to Ask at the End of the Interview

These are some questions you can ask at the end of your interview to make sure there’s no missing information that your interviewer needs to assess the next steps in the hiring process.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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