The Complete List of Essential Interview Questions to Ask

The Complete List of Essential Interview Questions to Ask

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Interview questions about your future manager or colleague:

– What's your favorite part about working here? – Why did you choose this career and industry? – What's your leadership style? What's my future manager's leadership style? – What are some of your biggest worries or challenges these days? What keeps you up at night? – How did you get your start with your career? 

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Interview questions about your future manager or colleague:

How long have you been with the company? – What has your career path looked like? Is there anything you'd do differently? – What have been some of your biggest challenges during your career? How did you, or do you, deal with them? – What do you feel has made you successful working here? – What is your preferred way of communication? Email, phone, in-person?

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Interview questions about the job position:

– What prompted you to hire for this job role? – How long has the position been open? (If applicable: Why has the position been open for so long?) – What was the individual like who previously held this position? – Are you looking to hire someone with the skills and experiences to do the job out of the gate, or are you open

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Interview questions about the job position:

to hiring and training the right candidate for this position? – How are goals and objectives set for this job role? – If hired, what would be the top three priorities you'd like me to focus on in the coming year? – What traits does the perfect candidate for this job position possess? – What can you tell me about the position that isn't listed in the job post?

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Interview questions about the job position:

– What do you believe is the main reason someone could fail in this position? – I've worked with larger corporations in the past (or smaller companies, non-profits, etc.). That being the case, do you think I'll be successful with an organization such as yours? – What is the work schedule like? Is it flexible, set-in-stone, or are there options? – Do you have any reservations 

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Interview questions about the job position:

about my qualifications? (This is a gutsy one!) – What is a typical day, week, or month like for someone within this position? – What is the toughest time of the month or year for someone in this position? – How can I grow in this job role? – In an ideal world, what's the anticipated start date for this position?

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Interview questions about the job position:

– What's the timeline for making a decision on this job position? When would be a good time for me to follow-up with you?

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Interview questions about the team:

– Can you tell me a bit about the team I would be working with? – What are the key positions and groups that I would be working with? What are the leadership or personality types of those people and groups? – What are the three biggest challenges your team faces when working with other groups within the organization? What do you do to minimize the challenges?

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Interview questions about the team:

– What is the single largest problem facing your team today? – What is the approval process for projects and tasks within the group?

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Interview questions about the organization:

– What types of individuals are successful here? – What's your company culture like? – What type of performance review process does the organization have? How can I maximize the benefits of the process as an employee? – How and when is feedback provided to employees? – What is your reward and merit system like? Do you

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Interview questions about the organization:

have a reward system based on performance? What types of rewards do you offer employees? What types of achievements or traits are rewarded? – What types of advancement opportunities are there within the group and company? – What type of information is shared with employees? Is revenue, profits, expenses, salary ranges, etc. shared?

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Interview questions about the organization:

– How much exposure do we get to the top executives within the organization? Is there an open door policy within the organization? – What type of training or educational advancement does your organization offer or encourage? – What is the single largest problem facing the organization today? – What has been the 

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Interview questions about the organization:

top accomplishments of the organization over the past year? – How does your company handle the generational gap that's evident in today's workplace? How do you handle or work with generational differences, such as communication gaps? – What can you tell me about your organization's plans for new services, products, or plans for growth?

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Interview questions about the organization:

– What types of volunteer work and community service does the organization encourage? – How many employees have you hired in the past year? How many of them were experienced versus new hires? – What is your attrition rate for the organization?

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