What questions should I ask in a job interview?

Job interviews are a two-way street. They’re a chance for both you and the interviewer to start to decide if it would be mutually beneficial for you to take on the role.

Many interviewers end a job interview by asking if you have any questions for them. Your answer should always be “yes.”

Why? This is a valuable opportunity to learn more about the company and the team you’d work with, which can help you decide if they’re a good fit for you. Make the most of it by doing research on the company and industry as part of your preparations for the interview. Generate questions based on the areas that you’d like to learn more about.

Plus, asking informed questions can demonstrate that you are knowledgeable and engaged, which will hopefully earn you brownie points with the interviewer too.

Arrive at a job interview with at least three questions you’d like to ask jotted down in a notebook. Here’s a tip: Ensure the interviewer sees you refer to your notes, alluding to the fact that you prepped in advance.

Questions that you could ask an interviewer include:

  1. What would a successful candidate look like, further to the qualities listed in the job listing?
  2. What would be considered “big wins” for someone in this role?
  3. What is the biggest challenge that someone in this role would face?
  4. What would you expect the person in this job to accomplish in the first 90 days?
  5. How could someone in this job contribute to the company’s high-level goals or objectives?
  6. One of the challenges that the industry is facing is [fill in the blank, based on your research]. How is the company creating solutions to this challenge in the short and long term?
  7. One of your competitors recently announced [fill in the blank, based on your research]. How will the company respond to or address this in the future?
  8. What is the salary range for this role?

If you’re not prompted to ask your own questions by interviewer, remember to proactively say that you’d like to ask a few questions before the meeting ends.

What other questions could be helpful to ask in an interview? Share your suggestions in the comments.

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