Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

It’s important to think of a job interview as a two-way conversation between you and your potential interviewer. You should both be assessing each other for “an employment match”.

Traditionally, an interview begins with your potential employer asking you questions. About two thirds of the way through the interview, the interviewer will likely ask you, “Do you have any questions?”

This is your chance to show that you have done your research and will allow you to find out if this might be the right opportunity for you.

The way you ask your questions and the quality of the questions themselves will influence the interviewer’s decision. So be prepared with at least four questions. You will want to ask at least two and you don’t want to ask questions that have already been answered in the earlier part of the interview.

We have a list of over 20 great questions to ask your interviewer, but we’ll start with our Top 10. And then in part two, we’ll unveil at least another 10.

Here are the Top 10 questions you can ask during a job interview – but be sure they haven’t already been answered!

1. Do you have an idea of your ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?An honest and prepared hiring manager will give you a candidate profile, and an honest reflection of how they perceive the match. This will allow you to gauge the fit and your chances of getting the job. If it’s not the right fit, you will know right off the bat.

2. Who would I be directly reporting to, and who does he or she report to?

Ask about the structure of an organization. This will allow you to understand how the position fits into the company’s organizational chart. If more than one person is to supervise you, you can decide if this is the right fit for your personality and work style.

3. How has this position evolved?

This question will allow you to understand if the position has changed over the years. You can learn quickly if you are perhaps replacing more than one position. This could give you a hint about workload.

4. After speaking with me and reading my resume, do you have any hesitations about my qualifications for this position?

This question shows that you are confident enough to openly bring up any potential weaknesses with your potential employer. It shows a willingness to take feedback and criticism and to learn from it.

5. What do you like best about working here?

This question allows you to get the interviewer talking about themselves. You will not only be developing a relationship with the him or her, but you will be learning from an insider about the culture of the company.

6. What are  the steps involved in the hiring process after this interview? 

This question allows you to get a sense of the employer’s timeline. It helps to manage expectations after the interview.

7. What are the challenges of this position, based on previous experiences?

With this question, you demonstrate your understanding that all jobs have challenges to overcome. If the hiring manager claims there aren’t any challenges, you can be sure he or she is not giving you the full picture.

8. What have employees done in the past to succeed at this job?

This question will allow you to see how the hiring manager, and the organization, measures success.

9. If I got the job, what could I expect a typical day to look like?

This shows enthusiasm and an interest in learning about the details. You can also learn if this is the position for you.

10. Do you suggest I meet with anyone else to help us determine if this is the right fit?

Not only will you look proactive by asking this, you may learn a bit about the hiring timeline and process. You can also gather valuable information from potential coworkers and supervisors.

If you want even more potential questions to ask interviewers, check out part two –  Another Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview.