5 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

“Do you have any questions for us?” This line has ended countless job interviews, leaving the applicant and interviewee staring at each other with blank looks for several seconds. Usually, I just stammer “no” and then shake their hands and leave.

But in reality, you can take this time to really ensure them that you are dedicated to the company and clear up some concerns that you wouldn’t think about until later on. Now is your chance to evaluate the company, to see if you really want to work there. INC. Magazine has put together a list of some questions to ask at a job interview that can really help you stand out.

What Do You Expect Me to Accomplish in the First 60 Days?

Not only does this give you an idea of the expectations that the company has for you in that position, but it also shows the forward-thinking that you have by already putting yourself in that job. Interviewers love to see confidence and this is one way to subtly do that without being too aggressive.

What are the common attributes of your top performers?

This allows you to really portray yourself as a long-term investment. You will do whatever it takes to be a top performer in the company. Whether those top performers work longer hours, are more creative, or maybe are just good at working with customers, you can see what the company values in those top performers and whether you would be able to fit into that mold.

What drive results for the company?

Employees are investments. You are expected to fit more than one role in the company to make a good return on them paying you.

For example, a good IT guy is a great find. But this doesn’t mean that he is only skilled at asking if you have turned your malfunctioning computer on and off again, but also at optimizing the network in the office and preemptively finding problems. A company is only as successful as its employees and this is a chance for you to see if you want to contribute to that success.

What do employees do in their free time?

A company filled with happy employees is very successful if run right. If people don’t have a lot of free time or don’t do anything with it, then that may not be the company for you (or maybe it is, depends on who you are). This question is really just to get a better sense of the office environment and whether or not you would fit into the general atmosphere of your coworkers.

How do you plan to deal with…?

The world is changing very quickly nowadays. Innovations are coming out in a daily stream now and companies have to keep up with that. These changes will definitely affect the company and it would be nice to know how they plan on keeping up with the changes because otherwise the company may fail in the coming years and you want nothing to do with that.

Hopefully, these questions to ask at a job interview will help you go into companies with a bit more oversight of what they do and what they are about and help you make informed decisions about where you work.


  1. Apoorva on April 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Hi Raghu,
    I just faced my first technical interview and the interviewer asked me the same question, “Do you have any questions for us?”… i sincerely looked into the interviewer eyes and praised the type of questions he asked me during the interview and hence asked for appropriate forums, youtube channels, websites and books to refer to improve my sense of technology….how was it?….i haven’t got a reply back yet….which they are suppose to give on a phone call….the selction process is still on for other candidates….whats my chances?….and what kind of questions should i rather ask in subsequent TECHNICAL interviews…thanks!!

  2. Jarrell on April 12, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    –I’m not so keen on asking about employees’ activities during free time. This could easily be misunderstood.
    –How about–Can you tell me about the Chairman/President/Department Manager? What they say will tell you about whether and how they interact and may give you some impression of the company’s culture. You can also ask directly about company culture if they have not already spoken to this.
    –Also, if you are interviewing for IT or engineering, you will be judged on your ability to communicate. Companies want to know that you can ask questions and discuss the projects and problems that you’ll be working on and that you’ll know to communicate status and problems immediately to those you work for and those affected.
    Best of luck

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