How many times does the interviewer ask you “Do you have any questions for me?” and you hesitantly say “No.” Unfortunately, it is not good at all because most HR executives consider this as an unprepared or disinterested indicator. Then, you might lose the chance. I know many of you, especially fresh interviewees, do not dare to think about questions to ask interviewer during interview.
Most commonly, you do not know what to ask because you have not prepared yet or you are too nervous. Otherwise, you might wonder whether the questions sound a little aggressive and demanding.
In contrast, you should always make ready for some questions to ask interviewer during interview and at the end of the interview for your sake and for a good impression on the recruiter.
Below is a list of 81 mostly appreciated questions to ask.
Questions to Ask Interviewer During Interview
Your CV, qualifications, experiences, and skills
- Do you want to know more about my resume and background?
- Is there any reservation about my qualifications you want to make clear?
- Do you want me to explain anything further or give any examples?
- Would you like a list of references?
- Do you think my hard skills and soft skills are suitable to do well in this position, or should anything I need to improve?
- What qualities will you identify the most essential things to do this job well and to advance at the firm?
- What kind of person would succeed in this role?
Duties and responsibilities of the position
- Why is this job opportunity open right now? And is this a new role?
- Are there differences between the real duties and the job description?
- How can this position contribute to the company?
- What are the main responsibilities of the position?
- What goals and objectives do the company set for this role in the first six months or in the next one year?
- Does the company expect the main duties to change in the next months?
- What do you think to be the key to success in this position?
- What are the possible challenges I might have to face in this position?
- What improvements do you want the new candidate will differently contribute to this role?
- If hired, will I have a chance to work with cutting-edge technologies and tools?
- If hired, how will I be trained?
- Can you describe a typical day of my position?
- Can you describe a typical week of my position?
- Is business travel expected?
- Is relocation expected?
- Is overtime expected?
Future managers and colleagues
- If hired, will I have a mentor?
- Will I be leading anyone and what are the strengths or weaknesses of my team?
- Can you tell me something about the team I would be collaborating with?
- How many members are in the department I would work with?
- How is the team structured?
- Does the team’s culture differ from the company culture?
- What challenges might I have to handle to work with the team?
- Is there any skill and quality of the team you want to improve with a new hire?
- May I have a chance to meet my team/staff/manager during the interview process?
- Who would I work most closely with?
- Who would I be managed by and report to?
- What’s my future manager’s leadership style?
- How does the manager encourage and set employees up for success?
- Is the management style is top-down?
The company’s vision, mission, and culture
- What is the key difference to compete against the biggest rivals in the market should I know?
- What is the problem facing the company right now that this position and I can contribute to solving?
- Can you explain more about the company vision and mission in the next three years?
- In the next three years, where is the company head for and how will the person in this position be able to contribute to this vision?
- What will the industry be likely to change in the next few years?
- Can you share a bit about the future plans for the development of the company?
- What are the values of the company?
- What is the culture appreciated among the staff and managers?
- How long have you been working here and what do you enjoy the most?
- What makes other people stay at the company?
- Can you describe the work environment at the company?
- What working conditions, benefits, and perks would the company offer?
- What benefits are focused on work-life balance?
- What volunteer work and community duties does the company encourage?
- What does the company respond to the conflicts between staff and departments?
- Is there any generational gap or gender gap? And how does the company resolve with?
Access and evaluation
- What does the company expect me to accomplish in the first month or year?
- How would you measure success in this position?
- How are the staff here recognized for their hard work?
- What is the reward and merit system of the company like?
- How often does the company evaluate the employees’ performance?
- What types of a performance review are?
- What is the standard period to increase the salary?
- What is the standard period to increase the status updates and titles?
- How and when is feedback delivered to the employees?
- Is there an open-door policy within the company?
Promotion and personal & professional development
- What is the last person who was in-charged this position right now?
- How can I grow in this role?
- How long can an employee get promoted in this position?
- What would the career path in this position look like?
- What does it take to be a top performer in the department and the company?
- How do leaders promote employee growth and success?
- Are there opportunities open for personal and professional development?
- What types of advancement opportunities are available?
- What types of training or educational advancement are offered?
Questions to Ask Interviewer at The End
Miscellaneous and confirmation
- Is there anything else I could make clear to help you make a decision?
- Is there any information I’ve shared that makes you wonder whether I fit for the job?
- Is there any information we have not discussed that you think is important to make a decision?
The next in the interview process
- What’s the next step in the process?
- How long does your recruitment process usually take?
- What’s the timeline for the company to make a decision?
- When does the company expect to make an offer?
- When would be a good time to follow-up with you?
- Who should I stay in touch with as things move forward?
- How should I contact you at your convenience, via email, phone, or in-person?
- If hired, what would be the ideal date to start the job?
Choose Some Go-To Questions and Stick With Them!
There are a lot of questions to ask interviewer during interview and at the close. For sure, you can not ask them all. Just pick up some key questions to follow and ask them based on practical situations. Always remember to prepare the answers so that you can respond to the interviewer with confidence.
The most important thing in an interview is to be confident in yourself.
You can do it and good luck!