Questions to ask during the interview
Asking the right questions can position you much better than other candidates, so don’t miss out on this important step of the interview process. Usually the interviewer will give you a few minutes at the end of the interview to ask them any questions. It is best to be prepared with a few, however, pay close attention during the interview and make a quick mental note or on a paper to refer back at the end of the interview.
Tip: Usually, it is best to not ask or share your opinion on any politically inclined questions.
Know about company culture
Here are some questions that give you insight into the company’s values, priorities, and overall work environment.
- Can you describe the company culture in a few words?
- How does the company promote work-life balance?
- How does the company support employee development and growth?
- How are decisions made within the company? Is there a hierarchy or is it more collaborative?
- How does the company celebrate successes and acknowledge achievements?
- How does the company handle conflicts or difficult situations?
- Can you tell me about any company traditions or events that employees look forward to?
- How does the company foster diversity and inclusion?
- Can you describe the management style within the company?
- How does the company communicate with employees and keep them informed of important updates or changes?
Know why this position is open
These questions not only help you learn more why this position was created or is open, but also an some insight into expectations.
- Can you tell me why the previous person in this position left?
- Is this a newly created position, or is it a replacement for someone who has left?
- What are the main responsibilities of this role?
- What are some of the challenges this role will face in the short term and long term?
- What are some of the goals that the person in this position will be expected to achieve in the first six months?
- Can you describe the team or department that this position will be a part of?
- How will this position interact with other teams or departments within the company?
- Can you tell me about the company’s growth plans and how this position fits into those plans?
- How will success in this role be measured?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
Know more about work-life balance
Asking these questions can help you gain insight into the company’s approach to work-life balance and how it prioritizes employee well-being. It can also help you determine if the work environment and expectations align with your own values and priorities.
- How does the company promote work-life balance for employees?
- Can you describe a typical workday or workweek in this role?
- Are employees encouraged to take breaks throughout the day or week, such as lunch breaks or walking breaks?
- Are there any opportunities for remote work or flexible work schedules?
- How does the company handle employee burnout or stress?
- Is there an expectation for employees to work overtime or weekends?
- How does the company handle requests for time off or vacation time?
- Can you tell me about any wellness programs or resources that the company offers for employees?
- How does the company support employees who may have caregiving responsibilities, such as children or elderly family members?
- How does the company ensure that employees are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance while still meeting their job responsibilities?
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