At Chameleon Technologies, we’ve talked to many firms – even our own recruiters – and they all seemed to say the same thing about interviews: the candidates who make the most out of asking questions are the ones to remember. 

A common mistake that candidates make in the interview process is the failure to ask questions when given the opportunity. Or, they would ask a cliché question such as, “What is the company culture like at X?”

While asking about the company culture is important, there are other ways to address the same topic through unique and memorable phrasing. 

Interviewers ask candidates if they have any questions as a way to learn more about the candidate and better understand their engagement with the entire recruitment process. The more questions you ask, the more you will look like you are interested in the position. Also, referring to the job description and basing your questions off it is a bonus!

Want to improve your interviewing skills and better stand out as a candidate in today’s saturated job market? Let’s dive into 5 categories of questions to ask at the end of your interview – examples to use included!

Personal Questions to the Interviewer

People love to talk about themselves – take advantage of this and also demonstrate active listening!

  • Did you have a conventional pathway to your current position? How did you get here?
  • What’s your favorite thing about this company?
  • On the flip side, what do you think can be improved? 
  • How can I help bridge this gap you’re seeing?

Logistical Questions

These questions are about the overall interview process and the position you are aiming to land. Asking these will demonstrate your intentions with the company and your true desire to work with them.

  • What does a day in the life of a X look like?
  • What skills are required of the ideal candidate?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process? What can I expect in the upcoming days?
  • I am always looking for ways to improve. At the end of every interview, I love to ask how I can perform better for the next time?

Financial Questions

Although you shouldn’t ask questions about an interviewer’s salary, you have the right to know information about compensation and other financial aspects of the position you are interviewing for. If there are multiple rounds of interviews, we recommend asking the financial questions before the last round, and don’t forget to negotiate!

  • How much has been budgeted for my position? 
  • How often do you conduct performance appraisals and assuming I meet or exceed your expectations, what type of salary increase can I expect and when?
  • You can also ask about educational programs that the company might provide, such as paying for an employee to get their MBA or job title-related certifications. 

Social Questions

Here’s the fun part – from culture to work styles to team bonding events. 

  • What are some of the ways the company celebrates success? 
  • Address a news article relevant to the company and pick the interviewer’s brain.
  • Would you describe company X as establishing a collaborative or independent work environment?

Self Growth

With any career, you want to be able to develop your personal and professional skills. You can never stop learning, so make sure the company you are talking to values the development of their employees.

  • Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?
  • Are there any opportunities for advancement or professional development in this company? Employee interest groups? Programs?

We wish you all the best with your interviews and if you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to our recruiting team at Chameleon!