If you are going to have a job interview, it is better to prepare yourself well. Of course you will get to know the company and the position. But also don't forget to prepare questions. Sincere questions.

First publication: 1-8-2018 
Last update: 12-03-2023

If you ask questions during or at the end of a job interview, and they turn out to be good questions for the application committee, you are more likely to leave a positive impression. 

By asking questions you show an inquisitive, curious attitude. This is a trait that is increasingly demanded of professionals. 

To help you prepare your job interview, we have selected more than 60 questions you could ask during or at the end of a job interview. These are the best application questions we've seen asked over the last 10 years.

But watch out: make sure that the questions suit you. Watch your pronunciation. This may require you to rewrite the question to make it fit you better. And don't ask a question if you're not interested in the answer. The other person will notice if you don't ask sincere questions. Chances are that this will reduce your chances on the job.

List with questions to ask at a job interview

  1. Have we overlooked things about working in this company that you think are important?
  2. How has this function evolved over the years?
  3. How do you help employees in their (professional) growth?
  4. How is the work / private balance within this department, this organization, ...
  5. How do other people within the organization view this position?
  6. How long do you need to come to a decision about this position, and when will I hear from you?
  7. How do you measure success?
  8. What does a typical workday of someone in this position look like?
  9. How would you describe the corporate culture?
  10. How would you rate the company with respect to its own core values?
  11. I have read about your CEO / department / organization /… that… can you tell me more about that?
  12. To what extent is it possible to get a tour of the department / see my workplace?
  13. To what extent is there much overdue work?
  14. To what extent do people develop rapidly here?
  15. To what extent do you doubt my qualifications?
  16. To what extent are new employees helped / released to do their work?
  17. To what extent do you see shortcomings in my level of education or work experience that I may still have to address?
  18. Can I still contact you if a question comes to me later?
  19. Do I get the opportunity to speak with prospective colleagues, people from my team or managers during the application process?
  20. Can you already say something about how I stand out from other candidates that you interviewed for this position?
  21. Can you give an example of how I will work with my manager?
  22. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  23. What challenges will I likely face in the first three months?
  24. Who do I talk to in the event of a conflict?
  25. How do you evaluate staff?
  26. How are projects implemented?
  27. What problems is the company currently facing (and how is this dealt with)?
  28. Where will the company be in x years and how can the person with this position contribute to this?
  29. How could I impress you in the first three months?
  30. Why is this position vacant?
  31. Why did the current employee leave?
  32. What shows that your organization embraces sustainability, integrity, ... first
  33. What does the department do about peer review / intervision?
  34. What does the company do to ensure that teams / this team work well together?
  35. What have my predecessors done to be successful in this position?
  36. What is the first priority for someone who will fulfill this function?
  37. What is the future of this company in the next 30 years?
  38. What is the most appropriate career path for someone in this position?
  39. What is staff turnover within your organization and how do you deal with it?
  40. What else can I do to help you make a decision?
  41. What do I need to know about the team and the manager in order to be able to fulfill the job well from the start?
  42. What do you enjoy most about working for this company, this company, this organization, department, ...?
  43. What was the current employee's best contribution to this position?
  44. What was your best moment at this organization?
  45. What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this position?
  46. What are the next steps in this application process (and when will I hear something again)?
  47. What are the biggest opportunities for the company / department at this time?
  48. What are the biggest challenges currently facing the company / department?
  49. What are your expectations for this position during the first 30 days, 100 days, year, ...?
  50. Given the impression you have of me, what would probably be the biggest challenge for me if I started here?
  51. What would you like to change about your work, the department, this organization?
  52. What type of employee is usually successful here?
  53. Which "soft skills" are required for this position?
  54. What common characteristics do you see in people who work here?
  55. Which qualities are most important to be successful within your organization?
  56. What training options are there within your organization?
  57. What steps must be taken before the company can make an offer to me?
  58. What challenges does this position have?
  59. Who are the main competitors of this company (and why)?
  60. ...?

Good luck asking these questions!