Most candidates usually rehearse what they are going to say to the interviewer about their skills and experience. Then comes the part of the interview when your interviewer gives you an opportunity to ask questions. Many in the hot seat will often say that they do not have any questions and that everything is clear, even though they have plenty of unanswered questions.

Here are the top questions to ask potential employer during the interview:

about the company

How long have you been working here?

It is important to know how much is interviewer familiar with the company and how relevant his/her experience is. If a person is employed only for few weeks or even few months, depending on company size, they probably will not be able to give you appropriate and informative answers to all of your questions.

what do you like most about working for this company?

Asking such kind of question can give you proper insight about the company, its corporate culture and business policies. It gives you as well a chance to see if you value the same type of things.

How would you describe corporate culture?

Regardless the fact that this is quite straightforward question, and the interviewer may lie to get you onboard as candidate, it will give you chance to see their reaction to the question. This question is not frequently asked and therefore not expected, so if the interviewer needs some time to answer it may rise a red flag for you.

How Do You Promote Teamwork and Maintain a Motivated Environment?

If you are interviewing for a long-term job, you will want to check out the health of the work environment and understand things from the management's viewpoint.

What are short and long-term company goals?

It is always worth understanding the vision / goals of the company. If the person is not clear about them or is unable to articulate it, consider it as red flag. If the leader cannot articulate / excite a new team member about the team's vision, chances that the team would be clear / excited about their role and responsibilities are weak. Choosing the wrong employer informs future recruiters who will interview you, not only that company was not right for you, but also you were also not capable to choose the right employer.

about the Position

What are the challenges of this position?

By asking this question, you are secretly trying to find out if there are any problems or difficulties related to the job. Really, pay attention to interviewer's response and facial expression. If they do not list any challenges, be very suspicious.

What are the first priorities for this position?

This question may help you know what to focus on if you get the job and how to make good first impression.

Can you describe typical day in this type of role?

Receiving extensive answer to this question should leave you with enough details to map the role correctly.

how do employees receive feedback?

Career-focused individuals should want to know how they are doing periodically. You should find out how employees receive feedback about the work done and if they are done on a regular basis. Some employers do not bother to communicate effectively with their staff, which can ultimately leave you dissatisfied and frustrated on the job in the near future.

success and Promotion

What did past employees done right to succeed in this role?

This gives you clear information on how company measures success and what you need to do and achieve in order to succeed at this role.


There is a wide variety of ways a company shows appreciation for loyal employees that exceed expectations. While financial rewards are always good, it is important to explore what else the company may provide outside of money. You want to identify businesses that do not acknowledge employee efforts, and asking such a question can give you a more in-depth look at how a company treats its staff.

What type of career opportunities may open up for a person starting out at this role, assuming they perform well?

You want to know what will be your career prospects if you work hard and stay in this company. Is this going to be temporary job or a long-term place to build a career?   

How Often Does Your Current Staff Receive Promotions?

Many employees take positions just to get a job but fail to find out what the advancement potential is in a company. If the employer has many positive things to say about an employee's ability to move up the ladder, you can ask more specific questions relevant to your own career path. If they are unable to provide you with information or try to avoid the question, you need to carefully consider whether the opportunity is right for you.


If the interviewer is the person who will be your direct supervisor, you can learn a lot about their leadership characteristics through their answer to this question. There are many great leaders who are happy to help others get ahead and there are many in leadership positions just looking for a paycheck.

final killer question

Do you have any hesitations about my qualification?

Asking this question shows you are type of candidate who is secure enough to discuss his/her weaknesses, to explain any possible misunderstanding and finally enhance your chances to be hired.  

While there are many more situation-specific questions to ask during an interview, you can use these questions for start to help you brainstorm. Preferably, you should take time to prepare your questions in advance. As people tend to be nervous during the interview process, they forget their concerns and leave with too many unanswered questions.

A job interview is much more than just finding out what the salary and benefits will be. If you plan to commit to a job, you should have a good understanding of the company policies and the right expectations about the kind of work environment you will be reporting to every day.