55 questions you could ask in an interview

One of the most difficult parts of a job interview can be asking questions at the end. There are times where you feel like you might have discussed all you need to! But you will always leave a good impression when showing more interest and not answering ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ with a ‘No, not really.’

Here are a whole 55 questions to choose from when it comes to asking questions, hopefully at least three of them will not have already been discussed in your next interview!

About the workplace and company

  • What is the company culture like?
  • What types of flexibility is available to employees?
  • What plans are in place for the growth of this company?
  • Who is your top competitor?
  • What are the biggest challenges the company faces?
  • What are the company’s current goals and how does your team help support them?
  • What are your company values? Or, I read about your company values, what do you do to support diversity? (For example).
  • How would you describe the work environment?
  • Are there any office traditions?
  • What causes do you support outside of your usual products and services?
  • What do you most enjoy about working here?
  • What is the thing you like least about working here?
  • What do you get most excited about when thinking of future plans for the company?
  • How has the company changed since you worked here?
  • What is your biggest achievement since working here?
  • What differentiates the company from its rivals?
  • What does your company’s diversity policy encompass?
  • What is your retention rate?
  • How do you celebrate success?
  • What does success look like here?

About the team you could work in

  • What is the team culture like?
  • What is the overall structure of the department I would be working in?
  • Who would I be reporting to?
  • What is your management style?
  • Would I be part of a small or large team?
  • What challenges does the team face?
  • How do you deal with conflict within the team?
  • What skills would I have to possess to be able to help fill any gaps in the existing team?
  • How do you approach any skill deficits in the team?
  • Are there team events? What kind of team building do you usually do?
  • How does your team get on with other departments?
  • Does the team work more collaboratively or autonomously?

About the job

  • Why is the position vacant?
  • What about the role is most important? How will I be able to support management and benefit direct reports?
  • Are there any new products or services I will be helping with?
  • What would my day-to-day look like?
  • What kind of projects would I be working on?
  • What are the key skills and experience that your ideal candidate would have?
  • What are the biggest challenges I might face in this role?
  • Are there any clear ‘soft skills’ that would be required for this role?
  • Do you think the key responsibilities for this role will change or evolve in the next six months?
  • Will I need to bring my own device?
  • Are lateral or rotational job moves available?

About professional development

  • What is your company’s philosophy for further training?
  • What is the process for training new starters?
  • Is there potential for advancement in this role?
  • What is an example of development that others have successfully made from this position?
  • Do you have any training programs, planned or current that are available to everyone?

Questions about performance

  • How will my performance be measured?
  • How does the performance review process work?
  • What are your expectations in terms of performance for this role within the first year?
  • Is the role driven by how well a person can perform?
  • What clear indicators of success would you expect within the first six months?
  • What is the company’s approach to failure?

Questions to get an indication

  • What are the next steps in the interview process?