54 Great Questions to Ask During an Interview

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated September 8, 2021 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated September 8, 2021

Published February 25, 2020

After asking you about your experience and background, most interviewers will offer you the chance to ask any questions you have about the position or company. This is a good way to get insight into the details of a possible new job and can also make you a more competitive applicant. Asking good questions of your interviewer can help you engage their interest and demonstrate your commitment to the job.

In this article, we will share 54 questions to ask in an interview that can help you impress future employers.

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Questions about the interviewer

Asking questions about the interviewer can help you build a relationship with them and make yourself more memorable. The interviewer will likely appreciate candidates that show interest in them and their career path. If they are someone you will be working closely with, such as a manager or coworker, you can ask questions to determine what your working relationship could be like. Their responses can also provide you with an example of a typical experience from someone in your department.

  • How does working at this company support your goals?

  • How would you describe your management style?

  • Has anyone at this company mentored you and if so, how did they influence your career?

  • What is the most interesting part of your job?

  • What is the most challenging part of your job and how do you overcome those challenges?

  • How long have you worked at this position and why have you continued to work here?

Questions about company culture

Questions about company culture will help you determine if your values align with the prospective employer. When asking these questions, you can also highlight your compatibility with workplace culture. Asking questions about company culture can also show the interviewer that you have an interest in getting to know others and becoming part of a community.

  • How does this company promote its core values?

  • What team-building activities does your team participate in?

  • In what ways does this company support its employees?

  • Does this company have any workplace traditions?

  • What changes have you seen in this company while you have worked here?

  • What are the characteristics of a person who would succeed in this company's environment?

  • How does the team I would be working on support the company's goals?

Questions about the position

Asking questions about the position will not only show the interviewer that you have put thought and effort into your application but will also give you valuable details about the job. Gauging the expectations of the employer can help you understand what they are looking for in an applicant. These questions can help you understand the scope of the position and possibilities for growth.

  • What traits would help me be successful in this position?

  • How often would I collaborate with others in this position?

  • Are there opportunities for this position to change or expand?

  • Who are the main people that I would regularly interact with?

  • What tasks would I complete on an average day?

  • What did the person who previously held this position do well?

  • What changes would you like to see in how this job is done?

Questions about performance

Showing an interest in how job performance is evaluated demonstrates to the employer that you have plans to grow at the company. Employers often look for candidates who will remain at their company for as long as possible to avoid turnover costs. Ask questions about performance to assure employers of your ability to meet and exceed expectations.

  • How often will my manager be available to discuss my performance?

  • Can you describe the formal performance review process for this position?

  • How and how often can I expect to receive feedback on my work?

  • How can I get support in setting goals and expectations?

  • What should I hope to accomplish in my first 90 days if I am hired for this position?

  • How does this company or team celebrate success?

  • How do you evaluate the success of your employees?

Read more: How to Prepare for a Performance Review

Questions about training

Ask questions about the training process to learn about opportunities for advancement and signal to the interviewer that you are an ambitious candidate. This kind of question signals to the hiring team that you are forward-thinking regarding your career. Learning about the training procedures of a possible new employer can prepare you to adjust quickly to your new environment and stand out as an employee.

  • Can you describe the training process for this position?

  • How have successful employees advanced in this company?

  • Does this company offer frequent opportunities for promotion or on-the-job training?

  • Will I have opportunities to shadow my coworkers and learn about other roles?

  • How will working in this position grow my skills?

  • Does your company offer continued training for interested employees?

Questions about development

Asking questions about professional development shows the interviewer that you are not only interested in the position you are applying for, but want to grow within the company. Employees who bring new skills and education to their company are often desirable candidates. Asking a question about professional development opportunities can also teach you about how the company can support your own goals.

  • Does this company send employees to conferences?

  • What organizations does this company work with to grow the skills of its employees?

  • Does this company organize any volunteer opportunities?

  • Does the company offer any incentives for learning new skills?

  • How does this company stay competitive in its field?

  • Does the company ever sponsor the continued education of its employees?

Questions about the team

By asking questions about the people you could be working with, you can determine if you would thrive as part of their team. The personalities, strengths and weaknesses of the team can influence your ability to succeed in the workplace. These questions show the interviewer that you are committed to teamwork and cooperation.

  • How would you describe your team's dynamic?

  • What can you tell me about the people I will be working with?

  • Who will I report to directly and how would you describe their management style?

  • What would you consider to be your team's greatest success?

  • Which other departments does this team collaborate with?

  • How does your team manage conflicts?

  • What are this department's greatest strengths and weaknesses?

  • What is the turnover like for this department?

Questions about hiring

In order to set reasonable expectations about when the hiring team will make a decision, ask questions about the hiring process. Understanding their timeline and process for onboarding a new employee allows you to make plans for your future. Additionally, the interviewer might indicate the success of your interview by their mood and enthusiasm when answering questions about hiring.

  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?

  • Who can I contact with any questions?

  • If I were hired for this position, when would I be able to start?

  • When can I expect to hear your decision about my application?

  • Do you have any concerns about my qualifications?

  • What have other applicants

  • Can you describe the onboarding process?

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