10 Best Questions to Ask During an Interview

A common question employers will ask you at the end of a job interview is, “Do you have any questions for me?” As a candidate, you want to avoid making the mistake of saying, “No, I don’t have any questions to ask you right now.” By having no questions to ask shows the interviewer that you are uninterested, unprepared, and have no independent thoughts of your own. You want to always come prepared to a job interview with a list of questions to ask. Keep in mind that an interview is a two-street. While the employer is interviewing you to determine if you are fit for the job, at the same time you should also be asking questions to see if the position or the company is the best choice for you.

By asking quality questions and showing genuine interest, you will stand out from the competition. It’s important to show employers that you have done your homework. Employers make assumptions and judgments about you based on the questions you ask and whether you have done your research on the company prior to the interview.

Here are 10 good questions to ask the employer at the end of a job interview:

1)      What are the short term and long term goals of this department?
2)     Can you describe a typical day or week for someone in this position?
3)     Do you have examples of the types of projects that I may be working on?
4)     What would you say is the most challenging aspect of this position?
5)     What kind of opportunities are there for advancement and growth within the company?
6)     Can you describe an ideal candidate for this position?
7)     What qualities and skills are necessary for one to be successful in this job?
8)     What are the best ways employees can contribute to the success of the firm?
9)     What do you like most about working for this company? (People often like to talk about themselves)
10)  What is the next step in this interview process? When can I expect to hear back from you?

A good tip is to listen very carefully during the interview, especially if the interviewer gives you an introduction about himself/herself or about the company. This is important because some of the questions you prepared prior to the interview may be answered during the interview before you had a chance to ask them. By listening carefully, you may incur additional questions to ask. Asking questions based on what was discussed during the interview also shows the interviewer that you are interested and listening attentively.

Now that you have a list of the 10 best questions to ask during an interview, make sure you read the 10 questions not to ask during an interview!