It’s expected that you will walk into an interview prepared to interview the company just like they are interviewing you. You should be asking penetrating questions about the company, its culture, and the career development programs employees expect. If you are not asking questions to a hiring manager or recruiter, it’s a red flag as to your interest in the company, as well as your drive.  Here are Top 12 questions you should be asking- not in any particular order.

  1. Tell me about your career advancement at your company?
  2. What do you like most about your culture? What do you like least about your culture?
  3. Has this company ever asked you to do something that violated your ethics or values? If yes, what happened?
  4. When is the last time your company had a reduction in force?
  5. How will I know in 90 days and 180 days that I am successful?
  6. What is the most important norm I should know about the company’s culture to be successful?
  7. Tell me about your favorite boss and what made him or her your favorite boss.
  8. What qualities do you look for in one of your direct reports?
  9. Do you have any reservations about hiring me?
  10. May I expect an offer today?
  11. When will you decide on filling this position?
  12. Will you call me about your decision? If not, who will call me?

Corporations worry when candidates don’t have questions after an interview.  People who ask questions and take a genuine interest in understanding the business, its employees and culture are viewed as collaborative, open, transparent …those that don’t are often perceived as lazy, non-interested, and weak.