Top 15 Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview
By Indeed Editorial Team
Updated October 16, 2022 | Published June 21, 2021
Updated October 16, 2022
Published June 21, 2021
The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.
An interview is just as much about you making sure the company and position are a good fit for you as it is for the interviewer to assess your suitability. As an interview is wrapping up, the interviewer will typically ask if you have questions. This is the ideal time to ask several well-developed questions that show your understanding of the company and position while gaining further insight to clarify the position and learn about the company and culture. In this article, we look at the 15 best questions to ask at the end of an interview, as well as several important tips to make a lasting impression.
Questions to ask about the company
You can ask several questions about the company to gain an inside understanding of what it's like to be an employee where you're interviewing. These questions show the interviewer that you've done your research but want more information to make sure the company is the best fit for you.
1. How do you see the company growing over the next few years?
Asking this question shows the interviewer that you're looking ahead into the future and how you'll fit into the company as it evolves and grows. The answer can provide you insight into the company's dynamics and whether there is an opportunity for growth and development within the position. A company with a solid growth plan can also provide advancement opportunities for employees to move into newly created roles in the future.
2. Who are the top competitors in your industry?
In preparing for your interview, you'll understand who the company's competitors are, but asking the interviewer directly can provide valuable first-hand knowledge. Asking this question shows to the interviewer that you're interested in the industry. For an even more significant impact, preface the question by commenting on your research regarding the company's competitors and use the question to confirm your information.
3. How is your company better than your competition?
Asking this question shows you're using critical thinking and analytical skills to assess the interviewing company. The answer provides you with inside knowledge about how the company thinks and speaks about its competitors. The interviewer's response also shows how the company positions itself in the market and their point of difference.
4. How long have you been with the company?
Asking the interviewer how long they've been with the company provides insight into employee retention and turnover. If the interviewer has been with the company for a considerable period, it can indicate a positive and supportive working environment. If the interviewer has only been with the company a short while, you can ask a follow-up question about why they joined the company.
5. What do you enjoy most about working for the company?
Asking this question shows the interviewer you're interested in the company culture and that the right team fit is important. The response you receive will give you insight into the benefits and culture of the company, including the style of management and teamwork. The interviewer's answer also can provide information about the values the company focuses on.
6. How would you describe the culture of the company?
Asking this question is key to understanding if the general company culture aligns with your own. Based on your research before the interview, you likely have an idea of what the culture is like within the company, but asking this question can solidify your understanding. The interviewer will see from this question your desire to find the best company fit.
Questions to ask about the position
When interviewing for a position, clearly understand the role's duties and responsibilities and ensure that you've read over the job posting or job description. Now is your opportunity to gain further insight into the details and nuances of the role. You can ask several questions at the end of an interview to clarify your understanding of the job.
7. What does a typical day look like working in this position?
The interviewer's response to this question will provide insight into what you can expect to experience in the role. This information will offer the opportunity to evaluate if the daily tasks match your expectations. For example, if you're seeking an active, on-the-go position and the response to this question is that the job is mainly sitting at a desk all day, you may need to reconsider the role.
8. What are the key skills that contribute to success in this role?
Aside from technical competencies, every position has essential skills that contribute to success. Asking this question at the end of an interview shows the interviewer that you're thinking about offering achievement in the role. Their answer will give you insight into the soft skills necessary to be an excellent employee.
9. What are the most challenging aspects of the position?
Asking this question to the interviewer shows that you're thinking about contributing and succeeding in the position. Understanding the challenging aspects of the job allows you to highlight further your ability to handle the issues inherent in the position. How the interviewer answers this question can also warn you of leadership issues or unclear expectations.
10. What happened to the individual previously in this role, or is this a new position?
It's important to know if the position you're interviewing for is new or existing. A brand new position is an exciting opportunity but can also be challenging to navigate a developing role. If the job was pre-existing, knowing where the team member went can provide insight into advancement opportunities or company problems.
11. What expectations do you have for the successful candidate within the first 90 days?
A well-developed onboarding process is vital to the long-term success of a new employee. Asking this question will give you an idea of what you can expect during your first few months if hired for the role regarding onboarding and company integration. The response will also tell you of milestones and expectations that they require a new employee to meet.
12. Do you have any hesitations regarding my qualifications for the position?
While this is a bold question, it shows that you're interested in addressing any concerns the interviewer may have about your skills and competencies. It also demonstrates to the interviewer that you're confident in your candidacy and will tackle any hesitations head-on. Depending on the response, it may also provide insight into where you stand compared to other job applicants.
Questions to wrap up the interview
Once you've asked questions about the company and the role, it's time to wrap up the interview with an effective inquiry to determine the next steps and what you can expect. Here are several ideas of impactful questions you can ask to wrap things up.
13. What are the next steps and expected timeline?
Asking this question will give you an understanding of what you can expect next from the company. There may be more interviews in the process or assessments you'll need to take, and the response will give you insight into the next steps. You'll also gain a sense of how long the steps will take so that you can plan accordingly. By asking this question, you are also showing your interest in continuing the interviewing process.
14. What other information can I provide you to help make your decision?
Offering additional information such as professional references or a portfolio shows the interviewer your interest in securing the position. It also provides them with an opportunity to ask any last-minute questions they may have forgotten. Their response gives you insight into possible next steps and timelines for a decision to be made.
15. Do you have any last questions for me?
Asking this question offers the interviewer an opportunity to clarify information or ask questions they may have missed during the interview. It shows the interview you are enthusiastic about providing as much information about your skills and suitability for the position as possible.
Tips for asking questions at the end of an interview
The questions you ask at the end of an interview can leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. Follow these simple interview tips to make sure you're asking the best questions before wrapping up:
Before your interview, prepare a list of 10 to 15 questions you could ask at the end of the meeting. Once at the interview, select the best three questions to ask based on what you have already discussed and for the conversation to flow naturally.
Ask open-ended questions that require more than a "yes" or "no" response. These types of questions provide more information and detail and show more significant thought about the question itself.
It's considered interviewing etiquette to wait on questions about wage, salary, and benefits until you move to the negotiation portion of the process.
Ask questions that show your enthusiasm to fit into the company and provide value and contribution.
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