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What should I ask a new potential employer on an interview?

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1. What is a typical day like?
2. How would you define success in this role?
3. What is development like in the organization?
4. What are your most fun memories working here?
5. What are next steps and when will I hear back?


Have a question similar to #2 that gave me some really interesting answers. Context, I’m looking to transition into a new field.

What is the biggest piece of advice you have for someone transitioning into this field? And how has using that advice helped you in your career?

Everyone responded with “that’s a great question” but that could also have just been a way to gather their thoughts for a few seconds before responding. I got some really interesting and candid answers.


Humans LOVE talking about themselves, so ask questions about the specific interviewer.

What do you like most about working here?
If you could change anything about this company, what would you change?
Why did you join this organization?

It shows curiosity (a good thing), that your personable (a good thing, it makes you memorable, AND it ends the interview on a positive note, at least from the interviewers side.

Good luck!


Agree with everyone’s suggestions here but I will also add that I like my last question to be “do you have any hesitation about me or my background?” It gives you a chance to hear their concerns and address them.


“What keeps you up at night?” That will give you some insight into some major changes or challenges going on that you may have some involvement with once you start. Perhaps a big acquisition, change in leadership, restructure, transitioning technology, encountering some hiring struggles, etc. I’ve received some great responses.

“What would be my biggest challenge when first starting in this role?”

“What is your management style?” (Super important to ask managers).

“What is the most important thing you’re seeking for the person filling this role?”


Where do you see a person in this role after a year of employment?

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve faced at the company?

What’s the largest hurdle faced by new hires in this role?


What are the characteristics that you see in the people with the most success at the company.

What skills best fit in with the team


What is a change the organization implemented biased on a team member suggestion and what was the effect?


All great advice. Some additional questions.
How will my performance be measured?
What are some of the high level business objectives for me to accomplish in the next 12 months?
What keeps you coming to work everyday?

What will be the greatest challenges for the person who takes on this role?

What are the top soft and hard skills a successful candidate would embody for this role?

Can you describe a day in the life and a percentage breakdown of the different project buckets this person will oversee?

What is the history of this role? Is it a new position or a backfill? If new position, can you tell me more about how the team is expanding and how this role fits in? If backfill, why did the last person leave this role?

What are your department goals and what role does this individual play in achieving those goals?

Which teams will this individual interface with and in what ways?

How would you describe work-life balance on your team?

What is your management style?

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