Questions for Job Candidates to Ask at the Interview

Many job candidates prepare for the questions they anticipate interviewers will ask them during a job interview. Preparing some questions of your own before an interview will give the impression that you have been thinking about the job. Do not ask about information that can be found on the company web site and do not ask about salary or benefits, unless the employer brings up the subject first.

The Position

The following questions are a list of questions that you should be prepared to ask. Do not bombard your interviewer; instead work them into a conversation.

  • Some of the questions you should consider asking about the job include:
  • Why is this position open?
  • How many people have held this position in the past five years?
  • Are you looking for something different in the next person who holds this position?
  • Why isn’t this position being filled internally?
  • What some of the most difficult challenges you anticipate I will face in this position?
  • What would be a good strategy for handling these problems?
  • How much freedom do I have in deciding my priorities, objectives, and deadlines?
  • What would be my top priority?
  • What is the size of the division I will be working in?
  • What are the main goals of this department?
  • What are this department’s target numbers and how often does it reach them?
  • Can you tell me what my typical day would be like?
  • What are some of the achievements of other people who have had this position before?
  • What kind of training can I expect to receive?
  • What kind of equipment and software would I be using?
  • What would my schedule be like?

Your Boss

There are also a few questions you should think about asking about your boss. Your boss can provide you with great insight into the company morale and support structure. Think about asking question like:

  • Why did you start working here?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • What is your management style?
  • How will you measure my performance?
  • What qualities do you value in your employees?

The Company

Research the company before you get to the interview. Be prepared with information about their most popular products and any other information you can find. Once you meet with your interviewer, you can ask those questions about the culture and organization of the company. Also, be sure to ask about any significant changes in the company’s future and management approach. It is important to know what you are getting into before you accept any position.

Other Questions

Remember the purpose of the interview is to sell yourself to your potential employer, to determine if the position is right for you, and to make it to the next step in the process – whatever that happens to be. So make sure you take the opportunity to ask questions when the employer gives you the opportunity to do so. Don’t forget to ask about how the hiring process and what the next step would be. Be sure to send out thank you letters and follow up after an interview as well.