Index of all questions:

Below you can find a list of all questions included in chapters 2 through 7. I'd recommend that you check Chapter 1 and Chapter 8 as well. Especially, Chapter 8 gives some really practical hints, so remember to check it out as well.

Questions about the job

Q# 1: What are your future plans for this job/position?

Q# 2: Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?

Q# 3: What types of skills are the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?

Q# 4: What can you tell me about this job that isn’t in the description?

Q# 5: What are the prospects for growth for the person in this job?

Q# 6: What hours are typically worked in a week for someone successful in this job? Is overtime expected or accepted?

Q# 7: Is there much travel associated with this job? Where and how often?

Q# 8: How has this position evolved since it was created?

Q# 9: What is the biggest challenge someone in this job faces on a daily (or weekly or monthly) basis?

Q# 10: What is a typical (day, week, month, or year) for a person in this job?

Q# 11: What is the toughest time of (day, week, month, or year) for a person in the job? Why?

Q# 12: In what area could your team use a little polishing?

Q# 13: Why is this position open? Is it a new position or a replacement for someone?

Q# 14: What kinds of processes are in place to help me work collaboratively?

Q# 15: Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?

Questions about the company

Q# 16: Where do you see this company in the next few years?

Q# 17: What is the key to success in this organization/company?

Q# 18: What can you tell me about this company/organization that isn’t widely known?

Q# 19: How is [insert current industry trend or challenge] impacting your organization?

Q# 20: Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?

Q# 21: What gets you most excited about the company’s future?

Q# 22: Where would the company like to be in five years?

Q# 23: What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?

Q# 24: If regular performance reports are done, what is the time frame between reports, who writes them, and who contributes to them?

Q# 25: How many have joined in the last year?

Q# 26: When and how is feedback given to employees?

Questions about the requirements

Q# 27: Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?

Q# 28: What are the most important skills of the person who does this job?

Q# 29: Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this job?

Questions about the expectations

Q# 30: What have past employees done to succeed in this position?

Q# 31: What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?

Q# 32: What is the single largest problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?

Q# 33: What is the top priority for the person in this position over the next three months?

Q# 34: What are the performance expectations for this position over the first 12 months?

Questions about the people and culture

Q# 35: Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

Q# 36: Can you tell me what you love most about working here?

Q# 37: What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?

Q# 38: I’ve read about the company’s founding, but can you tell me more about XXX?

Q# 39: Which other departments work most closely with this one?

Q# 40: What do you and the team usually do for lunch?

Q# 41: What are the qualities of successful managers in this company?

Q# 42: Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?

Q# 43: What have you enjoyed most about working here?

Q# 44: What’s your favorite office tradition?

Q# 45: How would you describe the work environment here - is the work typically collaborative or more independent?

Q# 46: Can you give me some examples of the most and least desirable aspects of the company’s culture?

Q# 47: Who does the person in this job report to?

Q# 48: Can you tell me about my direct supervisor? Is there anything I should know about working with them that will make my integration a smooth process?

Q# 49: Can you tell me about the last team event that you did together?

Q# 50: How many people have left in the last year?

Questions about the next steps

Q# 51: When will you be back in touch with me?

Q# 52: With whom should I stay in touch?

Q# 53: When do you expect to make an offer?

Q# 54: When do you anticipate the person in this job will start work?

Q# 55: How will you get back in touch with me (telephone, email, or something else)?

Q# 56: Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful or do you have questions I can answer?

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