12 questions to ask at the end of your interview
“Any questions?” -- an opportunity that too few candidates take advantage of to learn more about an employer and the role they’re hoping to get. Interviews are a two-way street: a chance for interviewers to learn about your background, skills, and experiences, and a chance for you to determine whether this role is the right fit for you. Also, asking thoughtful questions lets interviewers know that you’ve prepared and that you’re interested -- interested in learning more about them, more about the role, and more about the company.
Here are a few questions that you can ask during your next interview! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and you shouldn’t be asking ALL of these in the same interview. I generally advise students and professionals to come prepared with 3-5 questions, and leave room to call an audible and ask questions that stem from your conversations with interviewers.
- What does a typical day look like in this role?
- How is success defined in this role?
- Thinking back on the people you’ve seen in this role, what differentiated those who were good from those were great?
- What led you to work for this company?
- How has the company changed since you joined?
- What has made you successful in your role here?
- What gets you most excited about the company’s future? The team’s future?
- What 3 qualities would you use to describe the team culture?
- What are 2-3 goals that the team is currently focused on, and how are members of the team contributing to accomplishing these goals?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
- Can I answer any final questions for you?
- What are the highest priorities for my first 30 days in this role?