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 of a candidate. Questions regarding the job, how it assists your career path, or company cultures are all considered the right type of questions.

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.

questions to ask the interviewer

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. It would be best if you used the basis of your conversation to lead you to your end of interview questions. If the conversation was about company culture, for example, you might 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 necessary.

When you ask 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 the interviewer a job interview question.

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 a Job Search

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

Questions to Ask for Marketing Positions

Questions to Ask for Operations Positions

Questions to Ask for Leadership, Manager, Supervisor Positions

Questions to Ask for Creative/Product Positions

Questions to Ask for Teaching Positions

Questions to Ask for Nursing Positions

Questions to Ask for Interns & Internships

Questions to Ask for Engineering

Bonus Questions to Ask the Interviewer for 2020

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.


Help us by spreading the word