What questions might you ask an interviewer?

At the end of the interview, the interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions.  Asking questions shows that you have prepared and that you are interested in the organization.

If the interviewer does not give you a chance to ask questions, ask the interviewer if there is time for you to pose a few questions.

Read through the questions below for inspiration.

Questions about the organization

  • What do you see as the future of this organization or program?
  • What are the immediate goals of this organization or program?
  • What are the challenges facing this organization or career field in the near future?

Questions about work colleagues

  • What qualities does the team value most in a new member?
  • Given the project/goals that you’re described, how can the person you hire be of most value?
  • What type of team member have you hired in the past who worked out well? What about new hires who didn’t fit in?
  • Who would be my immediate supervisors?
  • Who would be the other members of my team?
  • How would you recommend that a new employee build relationships in this position?

Questions about the role

  • Why was this position made available (or created)?
  • What are the most rewarding components of this job or program?
  • What types of tasks should your ideal candidate be prepared to face on a day-to-day basis?
  • What are the likely challenges in this job or program?
  • What do you believe might  change in this role during the first year?

Questions about training, evaluation, and promotion

  • What kind of training opportunities might I expect as a new employee?
  • Is there a mentoring program for new employees?
  • How will I be evaluated?  promoted?
  • What is a typical career path?
  • How easily do people advance from this position?

Questions about the hiring timeline and next steps

  • What is your hiring timeline?
  • What are the next steps?
  • Who will contact me about the decision?

When may you ask about salary and benefits?