How to Evaluate Fit: Impressive Interview Questions to Ask a Company

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Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

An interview isn’t just a chance for a company to get to know you better, it’s also a chance for you to better understand if the company is a good fit for you. But don’t just leave it up to the vibe you get from the interviewer when they ask you questions. Bring a few of your own questions for the company. Not only will it help you decide if this is the right opportunity for you, but you’ll be prepared when the inevitable “Do you have any questions for us?” part of the interview happens. 

To help you start thinking of great questions to ask, here are a few of our top favorites!

Questions About the Job

Not only do you want to make sure that the company is a great fit for you, but you also want to make sure the job is a good fit and that you have a grasp of the day-to-day responsibilities and expectations. 

  1. What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  2. Who would I be working most closely with?
  3. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
  4. Is this a new role that has been created?
  5. How long did the previous person in the role hold the position? What has turnover generally been like? 

Questions About Success, Training and Professional Development

Knowing what the company considers as successful in the position plus knowing if there are opportunities for personal development can be insightful in understanding company culture and values. 

  1. What attributes does someone need to have in order to be successful in this position?
  2. What does success look like in the position and how do you measure it?
  3. What are you looking to see someone accomplish in this role in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
  4. Thinking back to people who’ve done this work previously, what differentiated the ones who were really great at it? 
  5. How will I be trained?
  6. What opportunities are there for advancement or professional development?

Questions About the Interviewer and Company

These questions can help you delve deeper into workplace culture to see if the company is the right fit for your values.

  1. What is your favorite part about working here?
  2. What’s different about working here than anywhere else you have worked?
  3. What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values?
  4. How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive here and what type do not do as well?
  5. How would you describe the work environment? Is it more collaborative or more independent? 

Next Steps 

Before finishing up, make sure the interviewer has all the information they need and that you are also clear on the next steps.

  1. Is there anything about my background or in my resume that concerns you as to whether I am a good fit for this role?
  2. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
  3. Can I answer any final questions for you?
  4. What are the next steps in the interview process?

More on Why Workplace Culture is Key to Success

Several of the questions listed in this guide can give you insight into workplace culture and the company’s values. Why are these so important to success? Studies have shown that employees who fit well with the workplace culture and have similar values to the company not only find more personal fulfillment in the job, but that they are more productive and produce better quality work. It can also help you avoid working for companies that you are just unhappy at and end up leaving sooner rather than later. 

Besides the questions in this guide, there are other tools out there to help you judge company culture and values to see if they are a good fit for you! Workzinga’s personality test is like Tinder but for the work world. You’ll be matched up with companies looking for people like yourself and  who have similar values to yours. So stop wasting time even applying for jobs that just won’t work out in the end!