1. What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?
By asking this question you indirectly ask the recruiter to explain what he’s exactly looking for in a candidate. This will allow you to better tailor your responses. If the recruiter mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance.
2. What have you enjoyed most about working here? What keeps you motivated?
This question allows you to connect more strongly with the recruiter, as he shares his experiences. Since this is a more personal question, it’s best to ask this one somewhat later on in the interview. Tip: the more difficult it seems to answer this question, the less honest the recruiter’s answer will be.
3. How would you describe the company culture?
This one you should definitely ask! The answer will give you a unique insight into the way people interact within the company. Tip: try to ask this question to the team leader or manager who’s closely involved in the team you’ll be joining. And never take “a dynamic company culture” for an answer!
4. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
This question demonstrates that you’re confident, unafraid of criticism and willing to work on those things you’re currently lacking. Again try to anticipate the recruiter’s answer. Be humble about the skills you already possess and show a great willingness to learn.
5. Do you offer (continuing) education and professional training?
It’s important to know which investments the employer is willing to make. Not just to get you up and running. But also throughout your career.
6. What does a career path look like at this company?
Although there is no single answer to this question (even not within the same company), you should ask the interviewer to elaborate on individual growth perspectives. It’s up to the company to provide a good framework but it’s up to you to grab the opportunities which are being offered.
7. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Be aware of the position you’re taking by asking the question: it assumes that you will get the job. But it’s worth asking anyway. It’s a great way to gain more insights about the people with whom you’ll be working on a daily basis… That is, if you land the job :).
8. What can you tell me about your new products or growth plans?
This isn’t a standalone question; customize it to fit your employer and to the position you’re applying for. Do your homework on the company and include that info in your question. This is not only a great way to gain insights on where the employer is heading, it’s also a chance to demonstrate your pro-activeness and your thorough interview preparation.
9. How many employees have been brought in via other employees?
Although you might not get an exact number, the answer will give you an idea whether employees are happy with their employer. Satisfied employees are great company ambassadors who tell their friends and relatives what a great place their company is.
10. What is the next step in the hiring process?
This is the essential last question and also one you should definitely ask. It shows that you’re proactive and interested in moving along in the process. It also invites the recruiter to tell you how many candidates are in the running, whom you’ll be meeting in the next round and what to expect from these interviews. Dare to ask how you can prepare for these steps, again showing that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job.