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30 unique interview questions to ask employers

When the employer asks if you have any questions at the end of your interview, don’t say no and leave! It isn’t demanding or nitpicky — it shows you care, it’s more than ‘just another job’ and that you want to understand what you’re signing up for.

To really leave an impression in your next interview, don’t squander the opportunity; ask a handful of the following 30 unique, thought-provoking questions.

  1. How will you measure the success of the person in this role?
  2. What is one thing you’re hoping a new person can bring to this role?
  3. Can you tell me some of the challenges a person in this role will face?
  4. What in my resume captured your attention to consider me for this job?
  5. What soft skills does the ideal candidate need to have?
  6. What skills are missing in the department and company that somebody can bring?
  7. What does a typical day or week in this job look like?
  8. How long was the previous person in this role and what is the turnover rate?
  9. Why have people failed in this role previously, if they have?
  10. What was the previous employee’s reason for leaving?
  11. What are the top traits and skills you’re looking for in a person to fill this role?
  12. What are you hoping the person in this role achieves in their first six months to a year?
  13. Will these expectations change over time or remain the same?
  14. What have the high performers done better or differently than low performers in this role?
  15. Can you describe the company culture? What type of people thrive here and what type aren’t a great fit?
  16. What do you enjoy the most about working here?
  17. What are your company values?
  18. What was your reason for joining/starting this company?
  19. Where do you see this company going in five years?
  20. What are your biggest concerns about this department right now?
  21. After onboarding and once I’m up and running, what learning and growth opportunities do you provide?
  22. Can you describe the performance review process at this company?
  23. How often do you promote people and what are the typical requirements?
  24. What is the common career path in this role?
  25. What advantages does this company have over the competition?
  26. Who are your top competitors and why would people choose to work here rather than there?
  27. How quickly is the company growing and what are its ambitions?
  28. Does the team ever get together outside of work hours?
  29. Do you have any concerns we can discuss right now?
  30. What is the timeline and the process for the next steps?

When it’s time for your interview, be prepared with a handful of essential questions you want the answers to. If you need help reaching that point, sign up to the VanHack Premium Academy, where you can acquire career skills and receive interview practice to help you stand out from the pack.

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