Questions to Ask an Employer During an Interview

At the end of an interview, it is common to be asked if you have any questions. Asking 2-3 questions will let the interviewer know that you are interested in the company and the position. Below are some questions to consider asking.

Questions About the Job

• How would you describe a typical workday?
• What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
• What is most pressing in the beginning? What would you like to have done within the next three months?
• Would I be required to supervise other employees? If so, how many?
• What are some of the more difficult challenges one would face in this position?
• How does this position contribute to the company?
• Is there any travel involved with this position?
• If hired, who would I report to?
• If hired, who would be the primary people I would be working with?
• If hired, would I be replacing someone or is this a newly created job?
• How would I get feedback on my job performance?

Questions About the Company

• How many employees work for the company?
• Can you tell me about the company’s goals?
• In what direction do you see the organization heading over the next few years?
• How would you describe the culture of the company?
• What are some of the challenges of the organization?
• What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
• What do you see as the trends in the industry?
• Is there anything else that you think I should know about the company?

Questions for the Manager

• How would you describe your management style?
• How do you communicate with your employees?
• How long have you been in your position?
• What do you find most satisfying about working for this company?

Questions Focused on What You Can Offer an Employer

• What kind of person are you seeking for the position?
• What characteristics and skills would a person need to be successful in this job?
• What additional skills, such as languages or computer skills are particularly valuable?

Questions About the Hiring Process

• What is the next step in the process?
• How will candidates be notified about the decision?