Appendix I: Questions to Ask the Employer at the End of the Interview (Tips and Samples)

Sarah Ladd

Here are some tips to help you ask the right questions at the end of your interview:

  • Write out your questions and bring them with you to the interview so that you can remember them, and so that the interviewer can see how well-prepared you are.
  • Have at least three good questions to ask.
  • Ask questions that will help you see if the job has what you want/need, or if it has too much of what you do not want to experience again (refer to your workplace values for ideas).
  • Ask open-ended questions, so that you get more information (not “Do you like your job?” but rather “Can you describe what it is that you like about your job?”).
  • Ask questions you genuinely want the answers to.
  • If you are comfortable doing so, ask questions that could start a conversation with the employer.

Sample questions you may wish to ask can include, but are not limited to:

  • What are your favourite things about working here?
  • What qualities are you most looking for in a candidate?
  • Can you tell me more about the tasks and projects the last person in this job worked on?
  • Could you describe the training process to me?
  • What is your team like? How do they work together to complete tasks?
  • What is the biggest challenge you see in this role?
  • Is there any material I can read or learn about before I start the job, if hired? I’d like to be well-prepared.

Above all, you should ask questions that you really want to know the answers to. This is your chance to determine if the job is the right fit for you.

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