40+ Questions HR Experts Want Every Job Candidate to Ask

Paige Breaux

You go into a job interview prepared to sell the interviewer on all your valuable skills, extensive career experiences, and eagerness to contribute to a new position. You’ve researched the job duties extensively and know the company inside and out. So what do you do when the interviewer asks, “What else do you want to know about the job?”

Don’t panic. It’s not actually a trick question.

The interviewer isn’t just asking you for questions as a formality. The questions you ask also play a large role in how they evaluate you for the position by giving you a chance to display your own curiosity, knowledge of the company, and greatest career priorities. As a job seeker you should also view every interview as a chance to evaluate if the company culture and role is the right fit for you in order to avoid accepting an offer without fully understanding what you’re getting yourself into once you start the job.

Since asking the right questions is such an integral part of the interview stage, we’re following up our last job interview questions post with even more insights from hiring experts and managers about the questions they’re expecting to hear that job seekers often miss.

Below are the 40+ questions they most wanted to hear from candidates during a job interview:

  • How will I know that [my manager’s] having a bad day?

  • How do you develop your people?

  • What do you say are the culture-related challenges?

  • What charities/NPO’s do you have relationships with?

  • What social activities does the company host or participate in throughout the year?

-Pamela Shand, MS, CPRW – CEO of OfferStage Consulting


  • Why is the position open?

  • What are some things you Do and Don’t like about this company?

  • What are your core values? 

-Jen Teague, Owner of Jen Teague, LLC


  • What happened to the individual who had this job previously/Is this a new position?

  • A year from now, when I’ve been very successful in this role, what will have changed?

  • What keeps you up at night/what keeps you here?

  • Where do you see yourself/the team/the organization in five years?

  • How and when will you measure my success?

-Marilyn Santiesteban, Assistant. Director of Career Services at The Bush School at Texas A&M


  • How long has the position been available?

  • Is this a new position?

  • What happened to the person that held this position before?

  • What problem do you face by not having someone in this role right now?

  • What do you see as the most challenging aspects of the position?

  • What projects will I be working on?

  • What would a typical working day be like in this position?

  • What will be the measurements of my success?

  • With whom will I be working most closely?

  • What are the opportunities for training and professional development?

  • What type of person are you seeking?

  • What would you consider to be exceptional performance in this position?

  • Who are the people that I would have most contact with on a daily basis?

  • Who is the manager that I would be working for and how would you describe their style of management?

  • What is the organization structure of the department?

  • How long have you worked here?

  • Why did you join the company?

  • What do you like about working here?

  • What staff turnover rate does the company have?

  • How would you describe the company’s culture?

  • What do you consider to be the company’s strengths and weaknesses as an employer?

  • What is the company’s promotional policy?

  • Are there opportunities for advancement within the organization?

  • How is your industry segment in general performing?

  • How does the company generally compare or rate against is competitors?

  • Who are the company’s main competitors?

  • What is the next stage in your interview process?

-Michael O’Leary, CEO of HRMRecruit


And the final, most important question the experts recommend all candidates make sure to ask before ending the interview…

When can I expect to hear from you?

At your next interview don’t miss out on the chance to get the answers that matter most to you. Remember, hiring managers are there to fill you in on the role as thoroughly as possible, and you never want to leave an interview regretting what you could have asked.

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