27 Interview Questions That Will Impress Your Future Boss
You've just spent an hour answering questions about your experience, education, strengths, and weaknesses. What's next?
At the end of every interview, we’re all asked the same thing: "Do you have any questions for me?" Most of us draw a blank at this point. Do we? Should we have some? It's overwhelming and nerve-wracking to suddenly be put on the spot like that. Luckily, you don't have to spend hours doing research on a company to have enough good questions to blow your future employer’s mind. To help you out, here's a list of 27 things you can ask to look like the (future) boss that you are!
Questions About the Company
1 - Are there many opportunities for advancement within the company?
2 - How long does the average employee stay in one position?
3 – In your opinion, what would you say is the biggest selling point of the company?
4 – How do the health and retirement benefits at this company compare to other companies in this area?
5 - How would you describe the environment/corporate culture within the workplace?
6 - What is the turnover rate within the company?
7 – What factors do you think make this company successful? Is there one thing in particular?
Questions About the Interviewer
8 - What is your favorite part about working here?
9 - What is the most difficult thing about working here?
10 - What do you look for in prospective employees?
11 - Where do you see the company in five years?
12 - Do you see yourself staying with this company long term?
Questions About the Employees
13 - What would you say is the most common issue with employees here?
14 - Are teams close-knit within the workplace?
15 - Do you get the sense that most employees here are dedicated to staying in their career long-term?
16 – Are interpersonal conflicts common? Does HR do an effective job at resolving any issues that come up?
Questions About the Job
17 - What characteristics do you believe are most important when pursuing a career here?
18 - What is the most challenging aspect of this job?
19 - Would you consider the work done here to be meaningful and important?
20 - Is overtime offered for this position (relevant to hourly positions only)?
21 - What do top performers do on a daily basis that contributes to their success?
22 – Does the company have a standard structure in place for raises, bonuses, or cost of living increases?
Questions About Yourself
23 - How would my role affect the company's overall success?
24 - What are you looking for in terms of abilities and qualities from myself and your other employees?
25 - If offered the job, will I have an opportunity to meet my team members prior to accepting the position?
26 – In your opinion, what makes an employee stand out from their coworkers?
27 - I understand the basic expectations, but what would you consider to be the unspoken expectations of a valuable new hire?
Of course, you wouldn't want to ask all of these questions, but by selecting a few that stand out to you, you can gather valuable information while showing yourself to be a thoughtful, foresighted, future employee.