What Should You Ask at a Job Interview?

Find out what to ask and what not to ask

Job interviews are not just about answering questions. They are your chance to ask questions too! You want to be sure that the employer is going to be a good fit for you. You want to know as much about the job as possible before accepting a position. Bringing questions to an interview is a good way to show an employer that you are prepared and that you care about getting the job.

If you are having trouble figuring out what to ask, try these sample questions. Be sure to tailor them to your job interview, and bring a printed list with you so that you don’t forget when you are under the pressure of the interview.

Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

  • What are the most important responsibilities in this job?
  • What qualities do you look for in a successful employee?
  • What is a typical day on the job like?
  • Whom would I be reporting to in this position?
  • How do you handle scheduling?
  • Are there opportunities for on-the-job training?
  • What are the strong points of this department? What challenges is the department facing?
  • What is the evaluation process for employees?
  • Do you foresee any major changes in this department in the near future?
  • What do you think are the best parts of working here?

Most interviewers will start out asking you questions and telling you a little bit about the company. Then toward the end of the interview, they will give you an opportunity to ask questions. Make sure you have your list with you, and ask the questions that seem appropriate. Sometimes the interviewer has already answered some of these questions, so be sure not to ask any question that you’ve already discussed.

Questions Not to Ask on an Interview

Not all questions are appropriate at an interview. An interview is an opportunity for you and the employer to get to know each other. You want to present yourself as the best candidate to fill the need that they have. You don’t want to hassle them with questions about salary or time off. Those questions should be saved for later, after you’ve gotten an offer.

Here are some questions you should not ask at a job interview.

  • Don’t ask: How much will I make?
  • Don’t ask: Does this job have health benefits?
  • Don’t ask: Do I get paid vacation time?
  • Don’t ask: Will I get promoted?
  • Don’t ask: Did I get the job?

With these do’s and don’ts in mind, we wish you the best of luck at your next job interview. For more tips on job-searching, visit Tips to Help You Find a Job.

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