100+ Questions to Ask in an Interview (Question List) [2020]

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 and help secure the job. 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 to your hiring manager? 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 or hiring manager shows engagement in the conversation. Additionally, it shows your interviewer or hiring manager that you’re actively listening 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 or hiring manager 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 is the list questions you should be asking related to the company.

Questions About the Role

Below are intelligent 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.

Job Interview Questions FAQ

Common questions asked by job seekers regarding questions to ask in an interview.

What if the interview doesn't have an answer to my question?

That's absolutely okay. The fact is that you asked a relevant question. Your list of good questions to ask the hiring manager is what makes you stand out as a good applicant.

Do I need to ask questions at the end of an interview for entry-level jobs?

Ideally, yes. You should always ask questions that you feel you need insight on when interviewing. It is a key interviewing skill that you need to develop (asking questions).

How can I come up with some good questions to ask?

Go to the company's website and ensure that your question can't be answered by simply looking at the about page. That will help to make sure you ask a question that is unique. And one that your interviewer doesn't think you didn't do your research on.

Should I ask questions at the end of every job interview?

Yes, you should ask questions at the end of every job interview. It will make you stand out as a candidate and make you appear like you are invested in giving the interviewer what they need to make a good hiring decision. Additionally, it will increase your chance of being asked to interview again.

Is there a list of questions that I should be using over others?

The only difference is whether or not you are asking questions at the end of the interview or in the middle of it. Change your questions based on the timing of the conversation so they appear as smart questions and not simply questions that you randomly thought of.

How important are asking questions about the team?

Very important. Knowing the expectations of the team can show that you are selfless. In addition, they are simply good interview questions to ask at the end or even the beginning of the conversation. Your future employer will appreciate that you are thinking about the rest of the team.

Why do questions help the job interview process and help the hiring manager hire?

It helps the hiring manager understand how you think. And knowing how you think can help them hire the right candidate for the role. Targeting your questions can turn them from good questions to great questions. And certainly helps in securing your next job. Spend time thinking about your questions before you ask.

Should I ask questions that I already know the answer to?

No. If you know the answer, don't ask. Your body language will show you that are not receiving the right insight. And that ruins the "questions and answers" chemistry that is being created between yourself and the hiring manager.

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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