You are finishing a job interview. The interviewer asks if you have any questions. You don’t ask any. They shake your hand and you leave. By skipping interview questions, you’ve just missed a huge opportunity to confidently close the interview with a positive impression and gather critical intel.
Instead of just walking away:
- Ask questions about the role to demonstrate interest and understanding.
- Ask questions to support your decision.
- Thank the interviewer for his or her time.
- Tell them you’re very interested in the position.
Then ask what the next step is! Some ways to approach this:
“Is there anything else you need from me at this point to help support your decision?”
“From all I can see, I’d really like to work here, and I believe I can add considerable value to the company. What’s the next step in the selection process?”
“Can I follow up with you next week if I haven’t heard back from you? Would you prefer that I call you or send you an email?”
Before you head into any interview research the company and fully understand job requirements.
Use your research to create informed questions to ask during the interview.
The interview is an important opportunity for you to gather key data and insights to support your own decisions. You are not the only one being assessed during the process.
Identify 3 to 5 good questions to ask at each interview. Keep in mind that some questions might be answered during the interview itself, so it is always a good idea to compile a list of multiple questions to draw from.
Here are 25 interview questions you can consider asking:
- Are there any areas of my candidacy I can strengthen for you?
- What’s your biggest concern or objection for moving me forward?
- How can I best provide solutions and value to this role?
- What will be the biggest challenge for the person who fills this role?
- What will be the key to this person’s success?
- What is the most important thing I should accomplish in the first 90 days?
- How would you describe a typical day in this position?
- What are the opportunities for on-the-job training and is there specific training required for this role?
- What do you personally enjoy the most about working here?
- What are the performance expectations and what challenges are foreseen for the position?
- What’s surprised you the most about the business this year?
- What advice would you have given to yourself on the first day with this organization?
- What projects is the team currently working on that you’re excited about?
- How would you describe the company’s culture?
- What type of people tend to really thrive here and what type don’t do as well?
- What makes you feel good about working with the company?
- What happened to the person who previously held this job?
- In your opinion, what is the most important contribution that this company expects from its employees?
- What are your major concerns that need to be immediately addressed in this job?
- What are the attributes of the job that you’d like to see improved?
- Who will make the final hiring decision?
- Could you describe to me your typical management style and the type of employee who works well with you?
- What initial projects would I be tackling?
- How long has this position existed in the organization?
- How do I compare with the other candidates you have interviewed?