20 questions to ask the interviewer during an interview

 So you’re in a job interview and you hear that dreaded question: “What questions do you have for me?” You know you want to look intelligent, but nothing springs to mind. What do you do?

We all want to stand out in a good way during a job interview. One thing that can separate you from other applicants is to have questions ready to go.

Here are 20 questions you should consider asking your interviewer:

  1. What do you think the most important qualities are for someone in this role?
  2. What can you tell me about the job that wasn’t in the job description?
  3. What is essential to succeeding in this role?
  4. What does this role look like during the busiest times?
  5. What does this role look like when it isn’t busy?
  6. Is travel required for this role?
  7. How many hours per week on average does this role require?
  8. What’s the most number of hours this role requires in a week?
  9. Is overtime expected or allowed?
  10. Is this a new role or has someone filled this role before?
  11. What can you tell me about the people I would be working with?
  12. If I were selected, what start date are you looking for?
  13. How would you describe this company’s culture?
  14. Where do you see this company in five years?
  15. Who is this company’s top competitor?
  16. What are the biggest challenges facing this company/department right now?
  17. What do you like best about working for this company?
  18. What do you like the least about working for this company?
  19. What questions have the other candidates asked that I should have asked?
  20. What’s the next step in the interview process?

To help you prepare for your next interview, practice asking some of these questions. Pick the questions in this list that make sense for the company and role you are interviewing for, and you’ll set yourself apart from everyone else.