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43 Questions To Ask Interviewers.

The interview is almost over, and the interviewer goes, “Do you have any questions for me?” You take a sip of water and wonder, what questions do I ask the interviewers? How do you ensure you increase your chances of landing that dream role?

First, and foremost this is a question that is never missed in an interview. 

It is considered best practice to have a question prepared for the interviewer.

After all the purpose of an interview is for both parties to get to know each other. 

As the interviewee this is your chance to learn more about the role and company. 

With this information, you can make better decisions regarding the role.

Now if you are wondering, what type of questions can I ask…

I have put together this guide just for you. 

Long gone is that stranded feeling when asked this question in an interview.

So buckle up and prepare to ace your interview

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Here are 40 smart questions to ask interviewers.

When preparing for an interview make sure to prep for this part. Ensure you note down things you’d like to know more from the interviewer.

So there are several topics you can talk about. All ranging from the role itself to the expectations of the job, which we talk about down below.

Remember this is the time to show your interest in the role and the company, so don’t shy away.

About the role

Most job advertisements tend to have a description of the role for the applicant to know if they have what is needed for the job. 

While this is great, there is always more you’d like to know, you know…

After answering interview questions about your qualifications, ask about the role.

So ask away. Here are some questions you could ask about the role.

  1. What is expected of me in this role?
  2. Can you describe what a typical day or week will look like for me in this role?
  3. What tasks or projects will I tackle immediately?
  4. What are the key skills needed to excel in the role?
  5. What challenges would I face in this role?
  6. How does this role contribute to the company’s goals and objectives?
  7. What skills and experience should the ideal candidate for this role posses?
  8. What should I have accomplished in the first 60 or 90 days?

About the company.

Can I ask the interviewer questions about the company? Yes, you can ask about the company. This shows that you have thought about your fit in the company. It also shows that you have done your research and are genuinely interested in the company, this may leave a good impression on the interviewer.

Here are some questions to ask the interviewers about the company?

  1. What plans does the company have for growth and development?
  2. What are the most important values of the company? 
  3. I’ve read about the company’s founding, but can you tell me more about (something that intrigues you, could be about a service, product, innovation etc)
  4. What are the company’s short-term and long-term goals?
  5. How does the company engage with and give back to the community?
  6. What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
  7. What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
  8. How does the company engage with and give back to the community?

About the team

Asking the interviewer questions about the team helps you to understand how the team works and if you would fit in well. 

You will know how you can contribute and what you will learn by knowing the team’s strengths and weaknesses. 

By asking the interviewer about the team, you demonstrate interest in helping them achieve their goals. 

Carefully think about what you would like to know and ask the interviewer politely.

  1. Can you provide insight into the team I’ll be joining?
  2. With whom will I collaborate most closely within the team?
  3. Who will be my direct supervisor?
  4. Could you offer some information about the individuals I’ll directly manage?
  5. What are the primary strengths and challenges of the team?
  6. Do you anticipate any additional hires within this department over the next six months?
  7. Which other departments have significant interactions with this one, and in what capacity?
  8. What skills is the team lacking that you aim to address with a new hire?

About professional development

Everyone has goals that they are working towards. 

A new job is part of the goals and a stepping stone to the next level of your career. 

So it makes sense to ask the interviewer career-oriented questions. 

This will help you gauge whether they align with your goals or not.

Additionally, this shows your enthusiasm for continuous learning and growth.

From the interviewer, you can also know the company’s commitment to employee development.

Here are examples of questions to ask interviewers about professional development.

  1. What opportunities does the company offer for professional development and growth?
  2. Are there formal training programs or mentorship opportunities available?
  3. How does the company help employees grow as professionals?
  4. What opportunities exist for your employees to grow professionally and learn new things?
  5. Will there be chances for challenging assignments that allow me to develop and apply new skills?
  6. Does the company offer opportunities for advancement?
  7. How does the team I’ll be part of continue to grow professionally?
  8. Are there opportunities for employees to engage with professional associations or communities related to their field?
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About the boss

The relationship between a boss and an employee is crucial. A healthy working relationship translates to productivity. 

We all need a supportive and understanding boss who will push us to be our best.

Asking about your potential boss allows you to gather valuable information that can help you assess if the working relationship will be a good fit for you.

You will also know if the role aligns with your career goals and aspirations.

 If you are being interviewed by your potential boss, here are examples of questions you can ask them.

  1. Can you describe your management style?
  2. How do you typically prefer to communicate with your team members?
  3. What approaches do you use to support and motivate your employees?
  4. How do you foster collaboration and teamwork within the team?
  5. How do you handle conflicts or challenges within the team?
  6. Are you accessible to your team members for questions or guidance outside of scheduled meetings?

Above all, remember to be respectful when asking the interviewer questions.

Questions to ask the interviewer

You can also ask the interviewer questions to learn more about the company and culture as well.

The interviewer will help you understand what it is like to work in the company.

So here are some questions to ask interviewers:

  1. What do you find most rewarding about working here?
  2. How can you describe the work culture here?

Best Questions To Ask the interviewer about the next steps

Since you are nearing the end of the interview there are a few questions you can ask the interviewer to know more about the next steps. So you can know what to expect or even when to follow up.

These questions include:

  1. What are the next steps in the hiring process?
  2. Is there any clarification you would like about my qualifications?
  3. Is there anything you need from me regarding my application (these could be documents, certificates, etc)

Questions to avoid asking the interviewers

Though, I have said you must always ask the interviewer questions. There are questions you should avoid asking.

These include:

  1. Personal questions such as the interviewer’s age or marital status, these questions may make the interviewer uncomfortable
  2. Avoid asking obvious questions that could have been answered through research. You are supposed to do research before the interview to learn about the company.
  3. Negative questions such as, What do you dislike most about working here?
  4. How much does this position pay? What are the benefits? You should wait for the interviewer to bring this up.

To make you ace that interview here are a few tips to help you ask the best questions.

Top tips for asking the interviewer good questions in a job interview

Keep it professional. Ensure your questions stick to the specific role and company.

Don’t ask questions that have been addressed or answered during the interview.

Always keep it authentic and genuine. Ask the interviewers questions that are genuine to you in terms of the role, career aspirations, and interest in the company and role. 

It would be smart to also tailor your questions to the interviewer, for instance, if you are interviewing with the team lead then you can ask about the team but if it is a hiring manager you can ask about the company and culture.

Avoid yes and no questions. Ask open-ended questions to encourage engagement from the interviewer.

There you go, examples of good questions you could ask the interviewer. 

With the above questions as a guide, you will show genuine interest in the role and company. You will also leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.

All the best in your next interview!


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