52 questions you should ask at the interview

    You probably already know that the interview is not just the next step when applying for a job, it is also your opportunity to find out if this work suits you. For this, it is important to ask some questions. What do you want to know about this post? About company? About the division? About the team? About corporate culture?



    It can be difficult to ask questions. We know that. In order to simplify this task for you, we provide a list of key interview questions. We definitely do not recommend asking them all. Pity the recruiter!

    When at the end of the interview or part of it you are asked: “So, do you have any questions for us?” Then be sure to use this list (try to restore it in your memory) to make sure that you capture all the points that interest you and show your professionalism.


    // Work in general

    First make sure that this is exactly what you want to do day after day for the foreseeable future.

    1. What does a typical work day look like?

    2. What are the projects that will need to be addressed in the first place?

    3. Can you show me examples of projects that I will work on?

    4. What skills and experience are you looking for in an ideal candidate?

    5. What is necessary in order to become truly successful in this position?

    6. What types of skills are missing in the team that you want to gain by hiring a new employee?

    7. What are the biggest problems that a person has to face in this position?

    eight.What is the budget level that I have to work with?

    9. Is this a new role in the company?

    10. Do you assume that the main terms of reference for this position will change in the next six months or a year?


    // Training and professional development

    Think of each new job not just as a job, but as the next step on the path to career (or some other) success. How will this position help you achieve it?

    11. How will I learn?

    12. What training programs are available for your employees?

    13. What are the opportunities for career growth and professional development?

    14. Will I be able to represent the company at industry conferences?

    15. Where did the previous employee who previously held this position moved to?

    16. How did the successful employees who previously held this position go?


    // Evaluation of your work

    Make sure that you understand what goals will be set for you and how your work will be evaluated.

    17. What are the most important things, in your opinion, that I will have to do in the first 30, 60 and 90 days of work?

    18. What are the expected results from a person in this position during the first 12 months?

    19. Tell us about the system for evaluating the effectiveness of employees in the company. How often does this process occur?

    20. What indicators will my performance be evaluated?


    // Interviewer

    By asking questions to the interviewer, you show that you are interested in him as a person, and this is a great way to make contact. Just give without compliments and flattery.

    21. How long have you been working in this company?

    22. How has your role changed since then?

    23. What did you do before this work?

    24. Why did you get a job at this company?

    25. What do you like most about working here?


    // Company as a whole

    You do not just work for your boss or your department, you work “for” and “with” the whole company.

    26. I read about how the company was founded, but would be grateful if you could tell me more?

    27. How do you see this company in the next few years?

    28. What can you tell me about your new products and / or growth plans?

    29. What are the main goals of the company at the moment and how does it work to achieve them?

    30. What inspires you the most in the future of the company?


    // Team

    The people you have to work with every day can really influence your work, your desire to get up in the morning, and even your effectiveness. Ask a few questions to determine if this is the right team for you.

    31. Can you tell me about the team in which I will work?

    32. With whom will I work most closely?

    33. To whom will I directly obey?

    34. Can you tell me about my direct subordinates? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

    35. Do you plan to hire more people to this unit in the next six months?

    36. Which departments of the company will have to interact most often?

    37. What are the common career prospects in this unit?


    // Culture

    Observed in the office dress code or not? Is there life outside the office? etc. Learn the subtle yet important details of corporate culture.

    38. What is the culture of the company as a whole and the team in particular? What are the main aspects you could highlight?

    39. How would you describe the work environment here, is it usually a team or one-on-one job?

    40. Can you tell me about the last joint team event?

    41. What are the company's mission and values? (Note: make sure that this information cannot be “google” - in this case, do not ask this question).

    42. What is your favorite office tradition?

    43. What do you usually do during your lunch break? (Of course, besides lunch itself).

    44. Do company / team employees gather outside the office?

    45. Have you ever organized joint events with other companies or departments?

    46. What distinguishes the work here from other places where you worked?

    47. How has the company changed since you arrived?


    // Next steps

    Before leaving, make sure that the interviewer has received all the information he needs. In order to find out how events will develop further, ask these questions.

    48. How do you think my qualifications fit this role?

    49. What are the next steps in the review process for this position?

    50. What else may I need?

    51. Can I answer any other questions you may have?


    PS 52. Guys, I came up with so many questions! When can I start?


    Questions that may bring you down during the interview can be found here . And be ready!

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