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Questions to Ask

What questions should I ask?

Interviewers are impressed with candidates who ask questions. This skill demonstrates your interest in understanding the roles and responsibilities of the job and in your field. Asking questions also gives you a broader picture of what you might expect on the job. Here are questions you might consider asking.

Questions to Ask HR:

  • Can you tell me more about the position and the type of person you are seeking?

  • Tell me about an employee in your organization who is considered to be an outstanding employee. What makes that person special?

  • How does my background compare with the others you have interviewed for this position?

  • I feel my background and experience are a good fit for this position and I am very interested. What is the next step?

Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager:

  • Can you tell me more about the position and the type of person you are seeking?

  • What are the measurements for success without your organization / department?

  • How are you measured as a manager?

  • What can I do to make you successful?

  • What will be a major challenge I would encounter in this position?

  • What initiatives are underway or planned for the department in the near future?

  • Has the department grown or shrunk in the last three years? Why is that?

  • Can you give me an example of your management style?

  • What are your expectations of the person in this position?

  • How long have you worked for the company? What is your background?

  • What is the tenure of the team?

  • What are the objectives for this department / LOB / company for this next year?

  • Would it be possible to speak with a co-worker/peer? See the work area?

Questions to Ask a Co-Worker/Peer:

  • Why did you decide to join this company/department?

  • What were your initial expectations? Were they met?

  • How have your expectations change over time?

  • What do you consider your department's strengths and weaknesses?

  • What can you tell me about working for your manager?

  • How would you describe a typical day in this position?

  • What are the unwritten rules in the department?

Are there other types of questions?

Listen for opportunities to clarify the interviewer's question by asking (after you've answered their question) to help you understand how that question relates to the position responsibilities, department objectives, or teamwork.

How do I ask questions about what's really important to me?

Before you interview, develop a list of 10 criteria important in your decision to accept a position. From your list of criteria, turn each into a question that will help you get the information you need to consider after the interview.