Top 20 Questions to Ask an Interviewer

Determining if the Position is a Good Match

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Towards the end of the interview, you'll usually be asked if you have any questions. This is an opportunity to find out more about the company and the job to make sure it's a good match.

Asking questions can also give you the opportunity to further highlight some of your qualities, skills and experience. Asking very specific questions will allow you to impress your potential employer with your knowledge and interest in the industry while also determining if this is the right job for you.

Top 20 Interview Questions to Ask an Employer

Review these recommended questions to ask an employer during a job interview to gain insight into the position and the company.

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • How would you describe a typical day or week on the job?
  • Is this a new position?
  • What is the company's management style?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How does the company evaluate performance?
  • Why is this position open?
  • Will I have a mentor?
  • How would you describe the company's corporate culture?
  • What's the largest problem the company is facing?
  • Do you offer and support continuing education?
  • What's the most important thing I should accomplish in the first ninety days?
  • Can I speak to a potential colleague in the department?
  • How would you describe this company's values?
  • How has the company changed over the last few years?
  • What are the company's plans for growth and development?
  • If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  • What else can I tell you about my qualifications?
  • Are there any other questions I can answer for you?

Bonus Questions

Here are a few more questions to ask if the others on the list have already been covered by the interviewer.

  • Do you have a policy for helping new members of the team get on board?
  • What are biggest challenges of this job?
  • What are the biggest rewards of the job and working for this company?
  • What did the person who previously held this job go on to do?
  • What is the best part of working for this company?
  • What's your least favorite part of working here?
  • What type of background do you feel would be best suited for success in this position?

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