Questions You Should Ask in an Interview

Do you think it’s important to prepare questions ahead of your interview to ask a potential employer? The answer is yes! 

Interviewing isn’t just about the hiring manager grilling you with questions — this is also your opportunity to see if a job is the right fit for you. 

This means it’s imperative to go into an interview with well-crafted questions of your own. 

To help get you started, we have asked a few of our Career Strategists at TampaBay-Job-Links for their top three candidate interview questions:  


  1. Who is the most successful person you’ve hired within the last 6 months, and what traits/characteristics have made him/her successful?
  2. What are the next steps in the process, and what is the best way for me to follow up?
  3. What is the most critical need for this company, this job, in this moment?


  1. What have you enjoyed most about working for this company/organization?
  2. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
  3. What is the next step in the hiring process?


  1. What are three traits you look for in the ideal candidate for this position? The responses give you a clue as to the candidate you need to be, and they can be referenced in the follow-up thank-you note.
  2. What makes this organization stand out among its competitors? This question seeks an insider’s perspective on the validity of the organization. The response can indicate why you should be proud to work there.
  3. What are the next steps in the process for me? This is an essential last question to be asked. Never leave an interview without knowing what to expect.


  1. I hope I’ve answered all of your questions clearly. Tell me if you don’t mind, what are your thoughts on my candidacy for this position?
  2. What are the next steps and estimated date by which you expect to have this position filled?
  3. I am very interested in working for this company and would like to follow up with you. Do you mind if I check back with you next week? Use an appropriate time frame based on their answer to the second question. 

To learn more tips and access resources during your career search, be sure to follow along with the TampaBay-Job- Links program calendar. We offer an array of free virtual workshops that cover topics like interviewing, résumés, cover letters, and virtual networking. Interested in working one-on-one with a career coach? Call us at (813) 344-0200 or email us at

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