30 Questions You Can Ask At Interview
A lot of people dread the part of an interview that involves them asking the questions. Some people even avoid it all together. This is a serious mistake as this part of the interview can tell your potential employers a huge amount about you, see where your priorities lay and gauge your interest in this position.
Asking strategic questions can sometimes be the deciding factor in who gets the job.
Here’s a list of questions that you can ask your interviewers that will really make you stand out. Find the ones most applicable to the job you’re going for and tailor them to the position.
1. How would you describe the work ethic?
2. Can you tell me more about your role and background?
3. Do people in this position have the opportunity to advance?
4. Does the company engage in social responsibility programs?
5. If there’s one thing you could improve, what would it be?
6. What types of support networks are offered?
7. What do you like most about working at this company?
8. How do you recognise accomplishments?
9. Does the company offer help with professional development?
10. How much of the position involves working within teams vs an individual basis?
11. What are the advancement opportunities here?
12. When an employee makes a mistake, how is that handled?
13. How would you describe the work environment?
14. How much encouragement to staff members have to work on their own initiative?
15. What is the reporting structure like?
16. How would you expect this role to develop over the next 3 years?
17. How is conflict handled and resolved?
18. What are the key things that make a person successful in this position?
19. Do employees receive regular feedback on the work they’re doing?
20. How do managers motivate teams?
21. Is there anything you wish you knew before you started working here?
22. How does management view work-life balance?
23. What are the biggest challenges you face here?
24. Ideally, what would you like the new hire to contribute to the company?
25. Is there a lot of learning on the job?
26. How does management view risks?
27. What kind of personality traits excel in this company?
28. Is this a new position or a replacement?
29. (If replacement) What are the biggest gaps left by the previous employee and how could the new hire hit the ground running with those?
30. (If new hire) How has the company been growing that’s led to this new position being created?