38 Smart Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

Questions about the specific job

  1. What are your expectations for me in this role?
  2. What’s the most important thing I should accomplish in the first 90 days?
  3. What’s the performance review process like here? How often would I be formally reviewed?
  4. What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
  5. What are the most immediate projects that I would take on?
  6. How long before I will be… [meeting with clients,

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6 Great Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

  1. Who’s in charge? Ask who you’d be reporting to and how success will be measured, suggests executive coach Meg Montford. “It tells them that you are ambitious and not just a time-clock puncher.” If you’re hired, knowing how achievement is measured will help you get off on the right foot.
  2. What’s your management style? If you determine that the interviewer is also your potential manager, try

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Lisa Haneberg’s Questions

  • To what degree do departments proactively collaborate and share information? Can you share a recent example?
  • How do senior leaders assess the health and success of the company? What metrics do they consider most important?
  • Tell me about how the company plans for the future.
  • How does the company decide whether to create and launch new products and when are products retired?
  • Would the average team member feel

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Questions About Culture

  • Who are the company’s star employees? And what are they like?
  • How are conflicts resolved?
  • How are decisions made?
  • How does the boss communicate?

Questions to Ask Recruiters

Ask questions about new products, how research and development is structured at the company, management strategies at the company, how the company has changed, and potential product growth.

Get a better picture of a potential job by asking these 14 questions

  1. What do you find most frustrating about your position?
  2. Why is this position open?
  3. Can you describe a typical day in this role?
  4. Where do you see this position in three to five years?
  5. What is the company’s policy regarding training?
  6. Would the job description assigned to me be based on my interest areas?
  7. What are the company’s financial stability and future growth possibilities?
  8. Could you describe the work culture (do people

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Questions You Shouldn’t Ask

  1. Avoid asking questions that are answered in the company’s annual report or employment brochure. Recruiters are familiar enough with their own information to recognize when you haven’t done your homework. If some information in the annual report isn’t clear to you, by all means ask for clarification.
  2. Don’t bring up salary or benefits in the initial interview. This is a major mistake. The majority of companies

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Questions You Should Ask

Now that you know what you shouldn’t ask during the interview, determine what questions you should ask. If you plan to ask a lot of questions, it would be wise to have a typed list.

  1. Ask specific questions about the position. You need to know what duties will be required, and if this hasn’t already been covered, it’s time to ask appropriate questions to

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Questions You Can Ask in an Interview

Quality and comprehensive questions score points. Do not discuss job mechanics.

  • What is the number one priority of the person who accepts this job?
  • What do you consider the five most important day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What do you see as the strengths of the department?
  • What does the department hope to achieve in the next two to three years? How will that help the company?
  • How

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Some Tough Questions to Ask

Professor John Sullivan argues that sizing up a company means asking “bone-chilling” questions—and seeing whether people are willing to answer. “Be skeptical,” he says. “You need an accurate job preview, and that means posing tough questions.” Here are a few of his favorites:

  • What are the worst aspects of your company’s culture?
  • What does the company plan to do over the next year to

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Questions About Succeeding at a Company

  • How do people succeed here? How do they fail?
  • Who are your myths or your heroes, and tell me why they’re heroes?
  • Have you got any examples of differentness? Who are they? What’s your track record on that?”
  • If you were going to tell your best friends how to succeed, what would you tell them?

More Questions to Ask an Interviewer

  • Are there any recent or anticipated changes in the structure of the organization (mergers, cutbacks)?
  • Can you describe a typical day in this role?
  • Do you encourage participation in community or professional activities?
  • Does your company require that I sign a non-compete agreement?
  • How are people evaluated in

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Four Ways to Read a Company

Professor Maura Belliveau, who teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, gives this down-to-earth advice:

  1. Know some answers before you ask questions.
    “The best information about a company comes from the people who know the intimate details: current employees, former employees, customers. But these people may not know you. How do you persuade them to be frank? By becoming as informed as possible before

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And What Questions Do You Have?

At some point during most interviews, the potential employer turns the reins over to you, and asks if you have any questions. What you ask can help you land the job. The right questions are like a self-portrait showing you’re a smart, savvy, think-ahead kind of person. Here’s how to paint that picture:

  • Ask the interviewer to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: him or

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What to Say When it’s Your Turn to Ask Questions in an Interview

Are recruiters just being polite when they ask if you have any questions for them? NO. Are there questions you can ask that don’t sound totally canned? YES.

Asking questions is a key part of the interview process. It shows the company how interested in it and its industry you really are. But there’s an artistry to not asking too many questions, or annoying ones, or … [ Read more ]