7 Job Interview Questions to Ask a Potential Employer

Most people know they should prepare some job interview questions to ask employers, but many job seekers really worry about this part of the hiring process.

Luckily, it's an easy problem to solve!

To save you a lot of worry, I've prepared a list of seven great questions you can ask an employer to help you gather the information you need about a company, and make a great impression.

Take me straight to the 7 job interview questions to ask a potential employer!

So, Do You Have Any Questions?

Imagine...

You're near the end of a job interview. It's been nerve-wracking, but you feel good about the answers you gave, and you believe you've developed a good rapport with the employer.

But you know it's coming.

The employer is going to ask if you have any questions.

You know you're supposed to have a couple of intelligent questions to ask, but in the stress of the interview process you've drawn a complete blank on any questions you might want to ask.

Or maybe you memorized a couple of job interview questions to ask the employer, but they have already been answered during the course of the interview.

Don't Panic. This Problem is Easily Avoided!

Before you go to any job interview, make a list of five or six questions you might ask the employer. (Keep reading. I've listed some great interview questions to ask employers below.)

Type the list up neatly; print it, and bring it with you to the interview.

When the employer says, "So, do you have any questions for me?", you can simply say, "Yes, I do. I've prepared a few. I have them right here."

Then pull out your list of questions, and ask two or three of them.

Bringing a Prepared List of Questions is Not Cheating!

Clients are always amazed when I tell them to bring a list of questions into the interview.

It's not cheating. You do not have to memorize your questions. You are not at school writing an exam.

You are at an important business meeting, and it's smart, and expected to come to any important business meeting well prepared with notes.

When you pull out your list of questions to ask, the employer will see that you are well prepared, organized and interested in the job.

1. You'll eliminate the need to memorize and take some pressure off yourself if you bring a list of job interview questions to ask the employer.

Job interview questions to ask employers

Writing a list of job interview questions to ask the employer eliminates the need to memorize your questions before the interview. You can focus on more important things, like practising answers to tougher questions.

Plus, you don't have to worry about forgetting everything you plan to ask, which eliminates one source of interview stress.

2. If you bring a list of several questions, you won't have to worry that they will all be answered in the interview.

Writing a list of five or more job interview questions to ask the employer ensures that you'll have at least one or two questions left that the employer did not answer during the interview.

Keep in mind, although you will prepare five or more questions to ask, you only prepare that many to cover yourself in case the employer answers a lot of your questions during the interview. You will probably not actually ask that many questions.

The employer will only expect you to ask a couple of questions and will probably only leave enough time for you to ask one or two questions, not five or more.

What Are the Best Job Interview Questions to Ask an Employer During an Interview?

Keep in mind, at this stage of the interview process you are still working to show the employer that you are the best candidate for the job.

Good questions to ask are focused on helping you learn more about the job; they are not focused on your own needs.

Bad questions make the interviewer feel you are only interested in a paycheque, and you are not really interested in the job itself. That is the last thing you want a potential employer to think about you!

Questions like:

  • How many vacation days do I get?
  • What about sick leave?
  • What day is pay day?

should be avoided because they are self serving. They don't show the employer that you understand and are interested in the job you'd be doing if you were hired.

I understand you need to know about salary, benefits and vacation time, but now is not the time to ask about those things.

When an employer asks if you have any questions at the end of an interview, you are still being assessed by that employer. You still need to be working actively to make a great impression and stand out from the competition. Self serving questions won't help you to achieve that!

What You Should Ask

Do ask questions that further highlight your skills and show that you have a genuine interest in the job. Here are some examples...

7 Great Interview Questions to Ask a Potential Employer

  1. What are the most important things you'd like me to accomplish in the first three months if I am hired for this position?
  2. How is performance typically measured and reviewed?
  3. How do you see my skills and experience fitting with the needs of your company? (This question can cause employers to review the reasons why you're a great fit for the company, which is exactly what you want them thinking about when you leave the interview.)
  4. Is there anything at all that you'd like me to clarify for you? (This is one of the best interview questions to ask an employer. It is helpful because it will bring up any lingering questions the employer may have about your qualifications. If the employer feels you haven't expanded enough on a particular skill set, you'll get a chance to do so before you leave the interview.)
  5. When do you expect to be making a hiring decision?
  6. May I follow up with you to find out your decision?
  7. May I have your business card? (When you have the employer's business card, you will have all of the contact information you need to follow up and to write a great thank you note after the interview.)

The Most Important Question to Ask

Of all of the job interview questions to ask an employer, never, ever leave a job interview without asking if it is okay to follow up.

At this point in the hiring process, it's perfectly reasonable in most situations to expect some type of follow up whether you get the job or not. Asking if it's okay to follow up yourself gives you a bit of power in the process so you won't have to sit and wait for the employer to call you.

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