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What are the *right* questions to ask in an interview?

During an interview, asking questions is important. But what many may not realize is that the questions you choose to ask can say a lot.

Get the full Scouted Guide to Interviews here.

Ask yourself what each question says about you.

Asking questions during an interview shows that you’re interested, you’ve done your research, and you’re willing to go the extra mile. If you don’t have questions, it makes it seem like you are simply going through the motions and would accept any job. Even more importantly, hiring managers view questions as representative of what you value and what’s important to you. So, when thinking about what you want to ask, take a moment to ask yourself what each question says about you.

Examples of great interview questions:

  • What are the company’s long-term goals objectives?
  • How does this team/department fit into the broader company structure?
  • How does this role fit into the company?
  • How does the company culture come alive to you?
  • Why did the last person who held this role move on?
  • What is the company’s management style?
  • Where do you think management can improve the most?
  • What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) that I should care about?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the company or department right now?
  • What does a typical day look like?
  • What do you like most/least about working here?
  • What leadership training programs do you offer?
  • How do you foster an open, communicative environment for your employees?
  • How do you celebrate a diversity of ideas and people?
  • Who does this position report to?

Pro tip:
Don’t be afraid to ask the same questions to different people – this can be a great way for you to triangulate across different viewpoints.

Avoid certain questions early on in the process:

  • What are the salary and benefits for this role?
  • How many hours a week do people typically work?
  • How much vacation time do you offer?
  • How soon will I be able to be promoted?

Remember, you are interviewing the company, too, so make sure you are getting the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not this is a good fit for you.

This article was originally written for the Scouted Guide to Interviews. To download the entire guide, click here.

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