You made it through the interview and have answered all of the interviewer’s questions, when they turn it around and finally ask you, “Do you have any questions?” Although this may trigger a sigh of relief because you think the hard part is over, your response to this final question may be one of the most important one you have answered all day. If you ask thoughtful and insightful questions, it will leave your interviewer with an even more positive impression of you, beyond just having answered all their questions appropriately.

Below is a list of questions that will reveal critical information about the company through the best resource you have available to you, the interviewer. Through your interactions and questions, you have the chance to show genuine interest in your interviewer and the company as well as learn what you need to know to determine if this opportunity is a fit for you. Ultimately, this personal connection can only help your chances of becoming hired.

  1. How is success measured in this role? What do you hope for this candidate to have accomplished and take control of in the first 90 days as well as after the first 12 months?
  2. What are the key accomplishments that this role should achieve in the next year?
  3. What is your leadership style and the culture of the office and/or company?
  4. What is a unique about this company that is a qualifier to its success?
  5. How did you get your start in this industry? Explain your career trajectory and path at this company. What is your motivator to continue to grow the company and yourself?
  6. What advice would you have for someone like me coming into the company?
  7. What defines the ideal candidate for this role from your perspective? How do you assess my experience in comparison? What gaps do you see in my background that concern you for this role?

Lastly, if there are any questions you had about the position or the company when the interviewer was talking in the beginning of the interview or throughout the interview here is where you would ask those questions. It is important to clear up any misunderstanding or questions you think you may have about the position/company before you leave the interview and the opportunity is no longer there. However, you should have at least 5 good questions prepared before walking into the interview in addition to any that arise during the meeting. If you have several meetings ask the same questions to your different interviewers, they will provide you different responses and show you if the company message and environment is the same to everyone. It is a good rule of thumb to never ask a question you could easily find the answer to on the company website. Show that you put some thought into the questions you are asking and utilize that opportunity to really explore the opportunity for which you are interviewing.