51 Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

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  1. Which means: It’s important to go in with some questions. What do you want to know about the position?
  2. What does a typical day look like?
  3. What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
  4. Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?
  5. What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
  6. What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position?
  7. What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  8. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
  9. What sort of budget would I be working with?
  10. Is this a new role that has been created?
  11. Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?
  12. Think of each new job not just as a job, but as the next step on your path to career success. Will this position help you get there?
  13. 11. How will I be trained?
  14. 12. What training programs are available to your employees?
  15. 13. Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
  16. 14. Would I be able to represent the company at industry conferences?
  17. 15. Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
  18. 16. Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?
  19. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
  20. 19. What is the performance review process like here? How often would I be formally reviewed?
  21. 20. What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
  22. How long have you been with the company?
  23. 22. Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
  24. 23. What did you do before this?
  25. 24. Why did you come to this company?
  26. 25. What’s your favorite part about working here?
  27. Where do you see this company in the next few years?
  28. 28. What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
  29. 29. What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
  30. 30. What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
  31.  Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
  32. 32. Who will I work with most closely?
  33. 33. Who will I report to directly?
  34. 34. Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges?
  35. 35. Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
  36. 36. Which other departments work most closely with this one?
  37. 37. What are the common career paths in this department?
  38.  What is the company and team culture like?
  39. 39. How would you describe the work environment here—is the work typically collaborative or more independent?
  40. 40. Can you tell me about the last team event you did together?
  41. 41. Is there a formal mission statement or company values? (Note: Make sure this isn’t Google-able!)
  42. 42. What’s your favorite office tradition?
  43. 43. What do you and the team usually do for lunch?
  44. 44. Does anyone on the team hang out outside the office?
  45. 45. Do you ever do joint events with other companies or departments?
  46. 46. What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
  47. 47. How has the company changed since you joined?
  48. Is there anything that concerns you about my background being a fit for this role?
  49. 49. What are the next steps in the interview process?
  50. 50. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
  51. 51. Can I answer any final questions for you?
  52. The company? The department? The team?

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