21 Great Questions you can ask at the end of an interview!

Often, as the interview draws towards a conclusion, candidates are provided with a chance to ask the interviewers some questions. Many people wonder if it is compulsory to use this opportunity and what kind of questions one should have for the potential employer. As a rule, candidates should always have two or three questions at the end. Not asking anything can be interpreted as lacking interest in the role. Interviewees can put forward questions based on information that comes up during the interview, or alternatively go in with a few prepared ones. Here is a list of 21 really great questions that one can use to arm themselves as they go into an interview. Of course, you can’t ask all 21, but select two or three that you like.


21 great Questions you can ask at the end of an interview!

  1. What does your ideal candidate look like and how do I compare?
  2. What concerns/reservations do you have about me for this position?
  3. What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  4. What is the typical career path for someone in this position?
  5. What are the biggest opportunities/challenges facing the company/department right now?
  6. What is the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
  7. What is the most rewarding thing about this role?
  8. What do you feel you are doing better than your competitors?
  9. What do you think the company can improve based on where your competitors are?
  10. Can you describe to me the characteristics of people you consider successful in this department/company?
  11. What key qualities must one possess to be successful here? What could I do to exceed your expectations?
  12. What does a typical day look like for a person in this role? How much percent of the time is spent on each respective core job activity?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  13. Why is there a vacancy in this role?
  14. What training and professional development is available for employees within the company?
  15. Which other departments does a person in this role work closely with?
  16. What has been the turnover of employees in this department for the last 2 years?
  17. How long have people typically stayed in this role before being promoted?
  18. What are the next steps in the interview process?
  19. Who should I contact if I have further questions?
  20. Can I expect communication even if I am unsuccessful in this process?
  21. By when can I follow up if I do not hear anything?