Questions Candidates Should Ask at an Interview

June 15, 2017

One of the most common mistakes candidates make during the interview process is not having questions (and backup questions) prepared for the end of an interview. Not only does asking questions impress your potential employer, it also shows interest in the position. On top of that, you’ll leave the interview with a better idea of if the company/position is a good fit for you. While it may seem as though the employer answered all of your questions throughout the interview, there are always questions to be asked. Here are 7 of the most essential and impressive questions a candidate should ask.

1. What does a typical day look like for someone in this role?
This is your chance to find out as much as you can about the position. It gives insight into what you can expect and specific responsibilities. It also helps in evaluating whether or not your skills and strengths fit the position.

2. What is the most important part of this role?
This will help you understand what to focus on if you do receive the position.

3. What are some of the challenges a person in this position might face? What did previous employees do to succeed in this position/overcome challenges?
Use the second question as a follow-up for the first question. Assessing the typical challenges faced helps in learning about how you might perform in this role and how your skillset does or doesn’t fit the job. The second question allows you to determine how the company measures success and how to excel in the position.

4. How long have you been with this company? What do you like most about it?
Although this is a two-part question, the questions go hand-in-hand. If the employee interviewing you has been with the company for a while, it speaks volumes about the company’s values and possibly their retention rate. This question may also reveal if what they value overlaps with what you value/seek in a company.

5. How would you describe company culture?
This is questions helps in assessing whether or not you would fit in well with the organization as a whole.

6. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
This explores whether or not the company is growing and expanding. It also shows your desire in growing with the company.

7. What are the next steps in the interview process?
This is another way of asking the typical “when can I expect to hear back?” This question is proactive and shows the employer that you are interested in moving forward with the process. Additionally, it helps in visualizing a timeline.


  • Prepare your questions before the interview and memorize them.
  • Mentally check off any questions answered by the employer during the interview.
  • Ask questions and show interest, but don’t overdo it.
  • Avoid questions with multiple parts.
  • Avoid “yes” or “no” questions. These questions don’t require insightful answers and discourage dialogue.

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