Interviews are not just about answering questions, they are also an opportunity for you to learn more about the job, the team, and the company. By not preparing questions beforehand, you may miss out on important information.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of top questions to ask the hiring manager, during or at the end of an interview. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to ask all of them. Select the ones that feel most important to you and limit them to a maximum of 3-4 per round. Asking too many questions may come across as a little intense.

Remember, interviews are a two-way street. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure the job, team, and company are the right fit for you. Good luck!

Company Culture:
  • Are staff here friends outside of work?
  • What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
  • Do you have any team/office traditions?
About the job:
  • Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next 6-12 months?
  • What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  • Is this a new role or will I be taking over from an employee who’s leaving?
Training and Career Development:
  • Why was I chosen for an interview from among all the applicants?
  • In my six-month review, what would you like to be congratulating me on?
  • What does your onboarding process look like?
  • What learning and professional development opportunities are available?
  • Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?
Success Evaluation:
  • What does success look like here? What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
  • What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 1,2,3 and 12 months?
  • What is the performance review process like here?
  • How often would I be formally reviewed?
Asking the interviewer about himself/herself:
  • Can you tell me why you joined this company and what keeps you here?
  • What’s your favourite part about working here?
  • What part of your job are you most excited about over the next few months?
  • Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
About the Company:
  • What direction do you see this company heading in over the next few years?
  • What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
  • How does this team support the company goals?
About the Team:
  • What are the team’s biggest strengths and challenges?
  • Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
  • Which other departments work most closely with this one and how?
Market and Company Health:
  • What sort of budget would I be working with?
  • What projects are you working on at the moment?
  • How is the industry at the moment?
  • What strengths and weaknesses did the Covid-19 pandemic expose for this organization?

We hope this article has provided a great starting point for your own questions and that it helps you during your job search. Good luck! 🍀

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