120+ Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer in a Job Interview [2020]

questions to ask the interviewer

As a job seeker, going into an interview with prepared questions to ask the interviewer can be an impactful way to show your hiring manager and interviewer that you’re passionate about the company and the role as a candidate. Questions regarding the job, how it assists your career path, or company cultures are all considered to be the right type of questions to ask.

Choosing intelligent questions to ask your interviewer can make them feel like you’re already a team member. And this is a great way to make your potential employer feel like you’re well suited for the role and ready to start working. Job seekers should choose the right time to ask questions. Follow up questions to an interview question can be a great way to show your interviewer that you can practice active-listening skills. But you may want to ask a smart question after the interview question and answer is complete. Lastly, asking one to three questions at the end of your interview is a great way to show engagement in the job interview process and willingness to move forward.

Tip: As part of your interview prep process, come prepared for the job interview with at least five questions (more than a few questions) you’d like to ask the interviewer. You may only ask one to three of them. But have at least five great questions prepared. During the job interview session, choose a good question from your list based on where the conversation led.

As a job candidate, asking questions isn’t the only way to impress your interviewer. Asking the right questions is. You should use the basis of your conversation to lead you to your end of interview questions. If the conversation was about company culture, for example, you may want to ask about career advancement opportunities or what a typical career path looks like for the job opportunity. Avoid asking a general question unless it’s absolutely necessary.

When you ask the question to the interviewer, be sure to listen closely to the interviewer’s answer. This will help ask a specific question that feels like a nice follow-up. Avoid having a series of random questions that feel like you’re either asking personal questions or reversing the role and asking a job interview question to the interviewer.

At all costs, avoid asking illegal interview questions back to the interviewer. This would constitute questions about their marital status, financial status, gender preference, sexual orientation, or other personal questions that seem intrusive or private. Only ask a great question at the end of your interview (or during it) that is related to work, the company, your or their career, and the job opportunity.

Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer During Your Job Search

1. What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of this job?
2. Why did the last person in this position decide to leave?
3. Who would I be reporting to in this position?
4. What is the company culture like?
5. What are the responsibilities of this position?
6. What does the normal workweek look like? Would I be expected to work overtime or travel on behalf of the company?
7. What retirement packages do you offer for your employees?
8. What particular qualities are you searching for in the person you decide to hire to join your company?
9. Are training opportunities provided for new hires?
10. Is there anything else I can tell you about my qualifications for this position?
11. Should I be hired, what would my interaction with you and your department look like?
12. Would it be possible to schedule an in-person interview at your next available convenience?
13. Should I be hired, when would I start?
14. Can I provide you with a list of reputable references?
15. How would I receive feedback on my work in the future once hired?
16. What is the next step in this interview process?
17. What do you see happening for your company in the next five years?
18. What do you believe are your company’s most important assets?
19. How would you rate your biggest competition?
20. Are there any other questions I can answer for you?
21. What are some of the reasons you enjoy coming to work?
22. What recent example of team collaboration do you look fondly upon?
23. What do you value most about this workplace?
24. What do you value most about our leadership?
25. How do you define success as a company?
26. What are some of the company team-building exercises?
27. When was the last company town hall? And what did you discuss?
28. What are some of the recent values that leadership is really trying to embrace?
29. What types of technology is used at the company?
30. What skill sets do you think go the furthest when hired here?
31. What advice would you give someone who was starting on the first day?
32. What’s the training like on day one?
33. Is there any possibility that a mentor will be made available to me?
34. Who has worked in this position in the past and is still employed here?
35. Has anyone previously had a difficult time in this position? If so, do you mind sharing why that might have been?
36. What do you think the toughest part of working here is?
37. How would you advise someone to spend their typical workday here?

Pro fact: Scribd recently reported that 76% of hiring managers found that "being interesting" (while interviewing) was an important factor in their decision to move forward with a hire. Asking questions to the interviewer can help you to be more appealing to the interviewer,

Questions to Ask for Sales Positions

38. Is travel accounted for as part of the sales position?
39. What type of tracking tools do you use for sales? For example, Salesforce.
40. How do you identify sales opportunities?
41. Do you sell by geography or by industry?
42. Do you sell by vertical?
43. How are salespeople compensated for their efforts on each sale?
44. Will I be working alone or with another salesperson?
45. How does the sales team handle new leads?
46. How do senior salespeople work with junior salespeople?
47. What is the toughest part about being a salesperson here?
48. What is the easiest part about being a salesperson here?
49. What’s a piece of advice you often give to other sellers?
50. What presentation tools do you use when selling?

Questions to Ask for Marketing Positions

51. What types of marketing campaigns are you currently running?
52. Do we run PPC campaigns?
53. Do we run SEO campaigns?
54. What recent marketing efforts have been in focus in the past quarter?
55. What types of marketing campaigns have we stopped recently, if any?
56. Do we currently advertise on radio or TV?
57. How many marketers are currently part of the team?

Questions to Ask for Operations Positions

58. What are some examples of recent operational issues that might be helpful for me to know?
59. How many official employees are part of the company?
60. How many freelancers are part of the company?
61. What are some of your favorite employee benefits?
62. Are vacations taken regularly by employees?
63. What are some of the ways we’re trying to keep employees happy?
64. Can you tell me what you value most about being an operator here.
65. What do you think the best quality is for an operator to have in this environment?

Questions to Ask for Leadership, Manager, Supervisor Positions

66. What is the outlook and conservative guidance like for the next 12-24 months?
67. What are some of the problems with our products, if any?
68. What are some of the problems with customer support, if any?
69. Are there any retention problems, both customer and employee?
70. What’s the process like for sourcing candidates?
71. Tell me about a recent employee conflict and how it was handled.

Questions to Ask for Creative/Product Positions

72. Is Sketch used here?
73. What are some of the programming languages you encourage creatives to embrace?
74. What types of conferences would I be able to attend this year, if any?
75. What employee benefits help creatives stay creative?
76. Can you tell me a recent experience where a product person, art director or creative director was valued by leadership?
77. Do you have creative reviews?
78. Do you do design reviews?
79. Can you tell me an example where an art director led a project to completion?

Questions to Ask for Teachers

80. What are some of the faculty facilities like?
81. What are some of the values that the student's parents have here?
82. What is a piece of advice you would give to a new teacher on day one?
83. What are some of the values that the principal has been trying to drive home this year?
84. What are some of the ways this institution embraces standardized testing?
85. How do you think teachers can succeed in this environment?
86. Is there any teacher who was promoted in the past few years? If so, what position did they previously have?
87. How many times per day do you have recess?
88. What are the cafeteria and food facilities like here for the children?
89. What do you think the children value most about their educators?
90. What do you think the children would like to see improved about this school?

Questions to Ask for Nurses

91. Has there ever been any potentially dangerous situations in the ER?
92. Does this hospital have an ICU or Cancer Ward?
93. What is the best guide you would give a new nurse here regarding time management?
94. What do you think the General Physicians value most about the nurses here?
95. In a regular day, how many patients do you see?
96. What do you value most about being a nurse here?
97. What are some of the nurse's duties you didn’t expect coming into this hospital?
98. Can you describe to me a recent situation where you interacted with a patient and it stood out to you as positive?
99. Can you describe to me a recent situation where you interacted with a patient and it stood out to you as negative?

Questions to Ask for Interns & Internships

100. Can you tell me what you value most about the interns here?
101. Can you tell me about an intern who went on to being an employee?
102. How can an intern stand out among the others?
103. What is some advice you would give an intern about time management or communication?
104. What do you think the most exciting part about being in this environment is for an intern?

Questions to Ask for Engineering

105. Is there any technical debt associated with our codebase, if so can you tell me about it.
106. How many engineers currently work here?
107. How is the engineering team structured?
108. What do you think an engineer learns here on his first day?
109. What coding standards do you practice?
110. How do you embrace polyglot methods?
111. Do you emphasize agile methodology?

Bonus Questions to Ask the Interviewer for 2020

112. Can you tell me what you personally value about the company culture here?
113. What are some of the short-term goals for the role?
114. What are some of the long-term goals for the role?
115. How would I be able to apply my problem-solving skills in this role?
116. Can you tell me more about what the onboarding process is like for this role?
117. What do you think the work-life balance will look like for this role?
118. When looking at me as a candidate, what do you think the team will value the most?
119. What are you most concerned about when it comes to myself as a candidate?
120. What skills do you feel every candidate should have in this role?
121. What is your personal management style?
122. Can you tell more about what the hiring process has been like for this role?
123. What follow-up questions would you ask if you were trying to get hired in this role?
124. What competencies do you feel the team will value the most?
125. What are the long-term plans for the department or team I'm going to be working with?
126. What strengths and weaknesses do you feel this role should have more of?
127. What are good qualities you think the candidate should have in this role?
128. What is good work for this role? And what is great work for this role?
129. What is the biggest opportunity you feel this role provides?
130. What good questions have I asked you that could be turned into great questions?
131. What should the ideal career path look like for someone trying to be hired in this role?
132. What are some ways I could accidentally fail the team?
133. What concerns you when you think of me as a candidate?
134. What common interview questions would you advise someone to stop asking?
135. Give me a one-word answer for how you would describe the company's culture.
136. What goals should I have as a candidate in this role?
137. What are your goals for this role?
138. What are the goals the team has for this role?
140. What’s the biggest challenge you could see me getting enthusiastic about in this position?
141. What career advice do you think the previous employee in this role would want to provide me?
142. If you feel comfortable sharing, what constitutes a candidate who is a “good fit” for the role and company?
143. When is the next interview and what should I be prepared to show in it?
144. What kind of tolls are most valuable to have when going into this role?
145. Should I be prepared to answer behavioral interview questions in the next job interview?
146. What are the salary expectations for this role?

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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