25 Great Questions to Ask Your Future Boss

Linda Le Phan

At the end of nearly every interview you’ll ever have comes the question you may or may not have been waiting for: “Do you have any questions for me?”

Am I right…or am I right? At the same time though, how many times have you found that everything you wanted to know has been answered by the time they ask that golden question? How many times have you frozen and forgotten all of your questions in the moment?

Asking questions is critical, because the interviewer isn’t just trying to ensure you leave with all the information you need; he or she is also evaluating you based on the questions you ask.

And here’s why it really matters:

Your curiosity demonstrates your priorities and motivators and shares information about how you think. Perhaps even more importantly, an interview isn’t a one-way discussion; if you’re among top talent in the industry (and after all, you’re trying to convince them that you are), then you should also be interviewing the potential employer to determine their fit. You’re just as likely as they are to decide this isn’t the right relationship and move on when you ask the right questions.

Questions to Ask During An Interview

Now that we’ve established our best course of action before any interview is to prepare in advance by listing out at least a dozen questions in advance. These 25 questions are a great place to start:

  1. How does your company approach employee growth and development?
  2. How would you describe your company’s financial stability?
  3. What is the company’s 5 year plan? 10 year plan?
  4. Who would I report to and how would you describe that person’s leadership style?
  5. What measures has your company taken to improve the work-life balance of your staff?
  6. How do you recognize achievements?
  7. What investments have you made in company culture, and how would you describe the current culture of the company?
  8. What characteristics would make me most successful in this role?
  9. When you consider my qualifications, what interests you most? What concerns you?
  10. What challenge(s) is the company or this team facing right now?
  11. How and how often is performance evaluated?
  12. How does your company give back to the community? How are employees involved in those efforts?
  13. What percentage of leadership positions are filled internally?
  14. How are leaders trained and developed?
  15. How would you describe the level of autonomy associated with this role?
  16. What is the average tenure of employees in this role? How about employees company-wide?
  17. How would you describe an average day in this role?
  18. Is this a newly created or newly opened position? Why did the prior person leave?
  19. How does this role impact the success of the company?
  20. What sets your company apart from others in the industry or region?
  21. What do you like and dislike about working here?
  22. What is the greatest challenge the company has overcome in the past five years?
  23. What is the company’s philosophy on performance management?
  24. When are you looking to fill the position?
  25. When can I expect to hear back?

 

There you have it! Now you have a solid bunch of questions in your tool belt to draw from, should you need them in your next interview.

Additional Interview Prep Tips

And just for good measure, here are a handful of key takeaways that’ll further prepare you to knock the socks off your interviewer and land that job! (if you want it, that is):

1) Write your questions down in advance;

2) Bring at least a dozen thoughtful questions that demonstrate your engagement;

3) Review their website in advance and avoid asking questions that can be answered through online research;

4) Demonstrate confidence and selectivity; and

5) Plan and prepare for the process, from interview to selection.

 

With these questions and tips, you’re well on your way to the next opportunity! Do you have other good question that we could add to this list? Let us know @kununu_US!

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Linda Le Phan is the Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. That means that everything on the editorial calendar goes through her (want to write for us? learn more here). When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.