Question to Ask in Your Next Interview

Katy Boyles |
Katy is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.
Categories: Interviewing

Just when you think the interview is over, you are asked "Do you have any questions?" Many people find this part incredibly stressful when the tables turn and it's now your chance to ask the questions. Asking questions at the end of an interview is arguably one of the most important parts of the process. While you may feel like the interview is about the company seeing if you're the right candidate, it's equally about you finding out if the company is a place that you want to work at. Asking the right questions at the end of an interview can help you figure out if the company and the position are a good fit for you. Asking the right questions at the end of the interview also helps you seem engaged and intelligent and can leave a lasting impression on your interviewer. 

Questions to Ask in an Interview to Find Out More About the Role

When thinking about what questions to ask in an interview, make sure your questions can't be answered by the job description or the company's website. You want to show that you did your research and ask deeper questions that aren't easily found online.

Can you describe what a typical day or week looks like for this position? 

Sometimes the job description doesn't always match the role perfectly, this is a good question to as in an interview so you can better understand what your day-to-day will look like in the job to make sure it fits your initial expectation. 

Is this a new role that has been created? If no, then how long did the previous person stay in this position and what is the average turnover for this role specifically? 

High turnover for a role is often a red flag, it can indicate that the manager is difficult to work for, the position is overly demanding, or some other dealbreaker that caused the previous employees to leave. Ideally, the previous employee held the position for a good amount of time and then was promoted, showing that the company promotes from within and has better employee retention. 

What are the biggest challenges for this role?

Job descriptions tend to focus on the positive. Asking about the challenges and hardest part of the job can give you important insight into what you will deal with in the position. You may find out that the budget or deadlines are unrealistic and it's a very high-stress position, which could be a dealbreaker. 

How does this position contribute to the overall success of the company?

Knowing the part your role plays in the overarching goals of the company helps you get a better idea of the importance of your role and what's expected of you. This question also shows that you're interested in helping the company succeed and are a team player. There is a good amount of psychology that comes into play when interviewing for a job. 

What does success look like in this position?

At first, this question seems simple, but it can be quite telling about the position itself. Asking your interviewer how success is measured and what is expected helps you to see if the goals are realistic and give a peek into the company culture. 

Questions to Ask in an Interview to Find Out More About Company Culture:

The position itself may sound great, but what is it like to work for the company? Asking your interviewer about the company culture can give help you figure out if this is a company that you would like to work for. Glassdoor lets you read company reviews left by employees and is a good starting point to read about the positives and negatives of working for a company. Many companies have sections about their company culture and what benefits they offer, but this is your chance to go more in-depth.

Can you tell me what the team I'll be working with is like?

It's important to know who you'll be working with. Is the team large or small? Who will you be reporting to? Knowing the structure of the team can help you figure out what help you will have and more about what your day-to-day will be like. 

What is the company culture like/Can you tell me more about the company culture? What type of people are the most successful here.

Depending on how much information the website has, you may want to know more about the company culture. Are you expected to work more individually or does the company emphasize collaboration? Some companies have a strict hierarchy while others the executives share an open floor plan and regularly collaborate with lower-level employees. Are there happy hours? Catered lunches? Can you work from home some days? Are there cubicles or an open floor plan? These are good specific questions about company culture to ask in an interview. 

How would you describe the company's/your manager's management style? 

Pay attention to this answer. There is a balance between micromanaging and having zero direction and no one to answer your questions. If your interviewer seems uncomfortable or tries to dodge the question, this may be a red flag. 

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of working for this company? 

Your interviewer should enjoy working for the company and have positive things to say. If they start ranting or quickly listing things they dislike about the company, it could be a sign that the company is very difficult to work for or has a toxic culture. 

End the interview on a positive note: What about my resume and experience makes you think I would be successful in this role? Is there anything about my background that makes you think I may not be the best fit for the role? 

When finishing an interview, a good question to ask in an interview is one that leaves the interviewer thinking about your positive qualities and what led them to pick you in the first place. This also gives you an opportunity to clarify anything that your interviewer is uneasy about and make sure their last impression of you is positive and they are feeling confident about you in this role. 

Additional questions to ask in an interview that may help you get more clarity during the interview process about whether or not this is a company you want to work for a position that suits you:

What does the team usually do for lunch? 

What is the team culture like? 

What is a common career path for this position?

Who will I be working most closely with?

How do you see the company growing in the next year? 

How long have you been with the company?

How has the company changed since you've started?

What do performance reviews look like? 

How is success measured?

What does the new hire onboarding process look like?

What opportunities for growth are there within the company? 

Why do most employees leave the company?