65 Questions you can ask during an interview
August 2, 2010
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Are you one of the many individuals that have a challenging time when it comes to asking good interview questions? Asking good questions does not just serve the purpose of letting your interviewer know that you came prepared and that you do have an honest interest in the position. It also gives you an opportunity to get a better understanding of the role you are expected to play in the position and organization you are interviewing for and other insights into the organization. Below are 65 interview questions that you can use to prepare for your interview. Make sure you personalize them to the position you are interviewing for!
Interview Questions about the Position
- What will a typical day look like for someone in this position?
- What are the general responsibilities of this position?
- How would you prioritize these responsibilities?
- Is there any chance that these responsibilities might change in the future?
- Is this a newly created position or did it exist previously?
- Does this position exist as a result of a promotion or termination?
- How stable have individuals in this position been?
- Why is the position not being filled by an internal candidate?
- In the last five years, how many people have been in this position?
- How does this position fit into the organization’s strategic plan?
- What special skills or abilities will I need to perform this job effectively?
- What are you looking for in the candidate that fills that position?
- In your opinion, what does an individual need to succeed in this position?
- Does this position offer opportunities for growth?
- What is the typical length of time an individual would spend on position before being considered for advancement; and would this apply to the current position?
- What are the typical growth paths individuals previously in this or similar positions have taken?
- How visible is this role?
- Does this position encourage independent decision-making?
- How involved is this position in material organizational projects?
- Would an individual in this position be expected to work as part of a team or independently?
- What would you describe as the strengths of previous individuals in this position?
- What are the obvious challenges presented by this position?
- If I am offered this position, what do you expect me to accomplish in it?
- How soon do you expect to make a decision?
- Give me a reason why I should accept this position if it is offered to me?
Interview Questions about the Management
- Who does an individual in this position report directly to?
- How long has this individual been with the organization?
- Was this individual promoted internally into this position or were they externally recruited?
- How is the management of this department structured?
- How would you describe your organization’s management style?
- Do the management personnel at this organization have an open-door or closed-door policy?
- How else would you describe the dynamics between management and the employees?
- What type of decision-making process is encouraged by management?
- How will my performance be evaluated?
- Who will measure my performance and how often?
- What criteria would I be evaluated upon?
- How often does management meet with an individual in this position?
- What is the management’s policy on providing workshops and training to encourage growth of employee knowledge, skills and abilities?
- How does the management support employee innovation?
- What qualities does the management look for in the employees?
- Which employees have been given some form of recognition by management and for what?
- Does the management have a process in place to help employees meet their career goals?
Interview Questions about the Department
- How does the organization perceive the department to which I am applying to?
- What problems and challenges are currently present in this department?
- Where does the organization rank this department’s projects or issues in its list of priorities?
- What are the key contributions of this department to the organization?
- How does the activities of this department fit into the organization’s strategic plan?
- What departmental responsibilities have the highest priorities?
- What are the department’s greatest achievements?
- What are the department’s goals?
- How are the department’s goals set?
- Historically, how successful has the department been at achieving its goals?
Interview Questions about the Organization
- How would you describe your organizational structure?
- Would you say this organization is generally stable or is there a high employee turn-around?
- Who are the organization’s strongest competitors?
- What are this organization’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to its competitors?
- What opportunities does this organization see in the near future, and what threats does it anticipate?
- How does the organization stand today when compared to its competitors?
- Some organizations are focused on process while others are focused on end-result, what would you say this organization’s focus is?
- How would you describe your organizational culture?
- How would you describe the employee dynamics?
- How do most employees feel about this organization?
- How does the organization feel about its employees and how does it show this?
- What attracted you to this organization?
- What do you enjoy about being employed with this organization?
- What achievements does this organization prize the most?
- What are this organization’s short-term and long-term goals?
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For more interview preparation tips, see 25 interview mistakes you should avoid.
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