Insightful Interview Questions

Insightful questions to ask at interviews #

I find that the following questions make people think, both as interviewer and as interviewee.

As interviewee #

  • Why is this role open?
  • For how long has the oldest team member been around?
  • What does success look like in this role?
  • What qualities are most important for success in this role?
  • What concerns do you have about my application?
  • Where do you fall on the spectrum from “get it right” to “get it done”?
  • How do you determine performance?
  • What is your favorite and least favorite thing about this company?
  • How are decisions made?
  • How does internal communication work?

As interviewer #

  • What is your great strength that you worry does not come across in an interview?
  • What project of yours are you the most proud of and why?
  • What concerns do you have about this role?
  • Who have you learnt from the most and why?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What environment allows you to do your best work?
  • What’s something you really want to know about that you don’t already?
    Thanks to Joe for this one.

Last update • September 2, 2023