20 Killer interview questions to ask employers

20 Killer interview questions to ask employers

Every interview also has a part where your potential future employer gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the company and how it is to work there. You must understand that while this is a great opportunity for you to understand the company better your potential employer also rates what kind of questions you might have.

If I interview someone and he keeps asking me only about the benefits and unpleasant things he might need to do, that is a massive red flag to me. While there is a place for this type of questions they would usually come after a job offer and not as the main questions.

I also like to ask my future co-worker an open-ended question as this offers enough flexibility for him to start talking about things he is passionate about.

20 unique and powerful interview questions overview

  1. What is the most frustrating part of working for this company?
  2. What is the most challenging part of working for this company?
  3. What is the most satisfying part of working for this company?
  4. What will be my tasks for the first month, first 3 months and first 6 months?
  5. How does success look like for this role?
  6. Are the expectations for this role clearly defined or are you looking for a self-starter?
  7. What would my typical day look like?
  8. How does this role contribute to company success?
  9. Are there any metrics to measure success in this role and if yes what are they?
  10. What was the motivation for you to join this company?
  11. If you have been working for this company for a long time, what keeps you motivated?
  12. What do you think would be the biggest challenge for this position?
  13. If you could name one thing that is most important for this position, what would it be?
  14. What opportunities will I have to learn and grow?
  15. What are the core values that the company stands for?
  16. What did you change the most in the company in the last year?
  17. What do you think the company should change in the future?
  18. What do you think the company should continue doing?
  19. How much will I be able to shape my role
  20. How is the team structure organized in this company?

Deep dive into the questions and what is the motivation behind them

1. What is the most frustrating part of working for this company

This is an open-ended question that leaves the doors open to see what is potentially wrong with the company.

2. What is the most challenging part of working for this company?

This is also an open-ended question that can tell you what you need to focus on to be successful.

3. What is the most satisfying part of working for this company?

This is also important if there is nothing satisfying at work it is highly likely you will not work long for that company.

4. What will be my tasks for the first month, first 3 months and first 6 months?

This is a really important question. You know what you have to do right in order to succeed and you also know the timeframe for it.

5. How does success look like for this role?

This is less about what you have to do specifically and more about a high-level overview about the role in general. How you have to act, communicate, deliver and so on.

6. Are the expectations for this role clearly defined or are you looking for a self-starter?

This one is important to know, as from my experience there are two types of people, one who excel in an environment where they have a clearly defined process and people who are self-starters and are excellent in finding what to do and prioritize work appropriately.

7. What would my typical day look like?

This question can answer what your typical day to day activities might be and if they are similar to what you might be expecting.

8. How does this role contribute to company success?

If this role is not directly linked to the success of the company then your impact might be limited and your work will be less valuable.

9. Are there any metrics to measure success in this role and if yes what are they?

If there are no clearly defined metrics then your success will be purely depending on what your line manager thinks about you which is very subjective.

10. What was the motivation for you to join this company?

If you will be working with the interviewer this can give you a good understanding if his priorities are aligned with yours.

11. If you have been working for this company for a long time, what keeps you motivated?

You need to find motivation at work otherwise everything gets more difficult and success is less likely.

12. What do you think would be the biggest challenge for this position?

This is highly valuable information. Someone who knows this position will tell you what will be challenging, so you can prepare for it before you even start working in the company.

13. If you could name one thing that is most important for this position, what would it be?

This one is similar to the one above, but is more generic and open-ended so you leave the interviewer more options to be honest about what he thinks.

14. What opportunities will I have to learn and grow?

If you don’t grow at your job, you will fall behind and you career will suffer. It is highly important that the company offers what you need for your growth.

15. What are the core values that the company stands for?

If the core values of the company misalign with your core values than long term cooperation will be difficult.

16. What was the biggest change in the company in the last year?

Why is this important? Even if the company is everything you dream of but it is going in the wrong direction, chances are that in some time you won’t be satisfied anymore.

17. What do you think the company should change in the future?

If you will be working with the interviewer this can give you a good understanding if his priorities are aligned with yours.

18. What do you think the company should continue doing?

This one is similar to the one above and can potentially give you a piece of similar information.

19. How much will I be able to shape my role?

If you are an independent person this is very important, do you think you will be happy if everything about the role is already defined and you have no say in it?

20. How is the team structure organized in this company?

Understanding the team structure can help you understand how everything works in the company and what the organization looks like.

Wrap up

I hope this gave you enough potential questions for you to prepare so you can stand out in the interview process.

Please leave a comment if you have a question you think is valuable and I missed it.

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