An interview is an opportunity – get your questions ready

Interview preparation

Leaving an interview without asking the interviewer questions, is a missed opportunity. It makes you seem unenthusiastic about the role or company. Show your enthusiasm, come prepared to ask questions.

Here are a few examples of questions to ask an interviewer:

  1. Is this a newly created role?
  2. Where has last person that held this position moved to?
  3. What will the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
  4. What is the most challenging aspect of this position?
  5. What are the most immediate projects I will be working on?
  6. What does success look like in this position – and how will it be measured?
  7. What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days in this position?
  8. Who will I be working most closely with?
  9. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
  10. What attributes does someone need to have to be really successful in this role?
  11. Are there opportunities for professional development? Does the company have a learning and development programme?
  12. What are the common career paths in this department?
  13. How long have you been with the company?
  14. What’s your favourite part about working here?
  15. I’ve read about the company’s mission, vision and founding story, but can you tell me more…?
  16. What’s the company and team culture like?
  17. What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
  18. Is there anything that concerns you about my background being a fit for this role?
  19. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
  20. Can I answer any final questions for you?

Before you go into an interview find out as much about the company as you can. As much as you want to land a job, you have to evaluate if the company is a fit for you and your career goals too.