Being prepared for an interview can demonstrate to a future employer that you’re truly invested in your career. Besides familiarizing yourself with the company’s website and objectives, good interview questions can also help you uncover and learn more about a job and company to ensure that the role your interviewing for is a fit for your overall career objectives. Below are some interview questions you can use to determine if a job is the right next step in your career.

  1. Who would make the ideal candidate for this position? How will you define success in this role?
  2. How do you see me/this role impacting the Company?
  3. What part of the job from your perspective will require the longest, or be the most complicated aspect to learn or integrate?
  4. What level of autonomy will I have?
  5. What will be my core responsibilities? What does a typical day look like?
  6. What can you tell me about the job apart from what was in the description?
  7. How would you define the culture of this department/team/company?
  8. What do you see as the biggest challenges for someone in this particular role?
  9. What is your vision for where the company or department will be in one year? In 3-5 years?
  10. In your opinion, are there any skills or traits that are important for a new hire to possess?
  11. Thinking back to people you’ve worked with previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great at it?
  12. If I do a good job, what in the organization will be different in six months or a year? What should I have accomplished?
  13. What is the reason this particular role is open? Did someone leave the organization or is this a newly created role?
  14. How will I be trained?  Is there a defined/formalized on-boarding process?
  15. Are there any formal opportunities for advancement or professional development?
  16. How often would I be formally reviewed? And how will I be evaluated?
  17. Are there any current major changes occurring in or to the department/company?
  18. What’s the next step in the interview/hiring process? When are you hoping to make a decision?
  19. Based upon my resume and experience, how do I stack up to be considered for this role? Any gaps?