“Do you have any questions?”  Yes, that is the typical question to end an interview. Everyone always says you need to have questions in an interview, and not just any old questions, but quality questions that show you’re a good candidate. You hear this from everyone, but what exactly does it mean?

Below are some types of questions I think make the best questions for an interview. Included are some of my favorite examples from different professional sites.

Make them personal – Personal questions can be the hardest to answer because they require a lot of thought. The questions can range from about the interviewer’s thoughts regarding the company to asking more information about them or their job.  Questions you ask about the company can be either positive or negative to get more unbiased feedback and show you care about where you might work.

  • How did you start your career here?
  • If you could improve one thing about the company, what would it be?
  • What’s the most difficult or frustrating part of working here?
  • What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  • How would you describe the culture of the company and the workplace?

A look into the future – Questions that discuss opportunities in the future show that you want to grow and care about the next steps in your career.

  • What new skills will I learn here?
  • How has this position evolved since it was originally created?
  • Are their opportunities for professional development or career advancement within the company?

More about the job and performance – Questions regarding the position will help you learn more about the job itself and what to expect. It’s a great way to get more information beyond the job description.

  • What is the top priority for the person in this position over the next three months?
  • What are some challenges that the person filling this position will face?
  • Will there be any training provided?
  • What process will be used to evaluate my performance?
  • Why is this position available?

Regarding yourself – Asking the interviewer direct questions about yourself can be intimidating, but it’s better to ask than not in case you need to clear up any mishaps and it can also help give you a better idea about the timeline for decision making.

  • Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
  • What is the usual time frame for making the hiring decision?
  • What was it about my qualifications that most appealed to you?
  • What are the next steps?