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Published 30 August 2022

70 of the Best Questions to Ask in an Interview

It can be hard to know which questions to ask in an interview, both as an employer looking for the perfect candidate, and as an interviewee hoping to secure the role of a lifetime. Read on for 70 of the best interview questions you can ask to perform well and find the right professional fit.

According to a NerdWallet survey, one of the biggest business challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2022/23 is recruiting staff, with 70% of respondents labelling it an issue. In fact, just over a quarter (26%) of business leaders surveyed called it a ‘major’ challenge.

Part of the problem is that, as the employer, often all you have is the short window granted by an interview to decide whether a person is the right fit for your company. As a job candidate, meanwhile, your interview is the best chance you have at impressing a prospective employer and securing the role you want. No pressure then!

That means, regardless of what side of the interviewing divide you sit, it is important that the right questions are asked. Without the correct line of inquiry, you could end up missing out on the perfect candidate, losing that dream role, or finding yourself with an employee/employer mismatch.

Luckily we are here to help, not only with a guide on how to ask the best interview questions, but a list of some of the most incisive questions you can ask as both an employer and job candidate.

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How to ask the best interview questions in 3 easy steps

While it is good to look at a page like this and survey all the possible questions you can ask, to get the most out of your interview, you should follow these three steps:

1. Do your research

It goes without saying that, as the job candidate, you should thoroughly look into the role and company you are interviewing for. But the reverse is true too.

As the interviewer, don’t just skim the candidate’s CV. See if you can find evidence of the work they have mentioned, and research their previous companies and positions in order to have a better context for your questions (and their answers).

Whether you’re an interviewee or interviewer, it is always a good idea to get to know a bit about the person who will be sitting on the other side of the table (or Zoom window), to give a more personal feel to the interview.

2. Tailor your questions

Once you have done your research, you can better tailor the interview questions you are going to ask. Using a list of questions as guidance is great but to get the most out of the interview, you want to make sure you are asking about that specific candidate or role, rather than a generic idea of either.

You may also want to consider what kind of answers you may receive, in order to prep follow-up questions, as well as what types of questions you yourself might be asked.

3. Prioritise what you want to ask

Time can easily run away from you in an interview, for good reasons and bad. That means you may not get a chance to ask all the questions you have noted down. It is wise to make a list of priorities, so you can ensure you get the information you definitely know you need.

As the interviewer, this means you will also know which ones you can potentially cut to allow those important questions time to breathe. While your instinct might be to fill an awkward silence by moving on to another question, giving a candidate those extra moments may cause them to open up and provide you with a more considered response.

As the job candidate, your opportunity to ask questions may be limited to a few minutes at the end. Select that one question you best think will impress the interviewer, as well as provide the insight you are looking for, alongside a few other options if you have additional time.

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Questions to ask the job candidate

The following questions are suggestions, rather than a prescriptive list of everything you should ask a job candidate. Some will need to be tailored to your specific industry or field, while others may not apply at all. You know best what questions should be asked in an interview to secure the right fit for your business.

Think of these as a jumping-off point – five questions in each area that can make for a fantastic interview.




Education and qualifications

Situational-based questions

Personality-based questions

Questions to ask the interviewer

Depending on the style of interview, as the interviewee you may only have a limited opportunity to ask any questions. So you will need to make them count.

Below are five of the best questions in each topic area for you to consider asking in your own interview.




Professional development




Next steps

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About the Author

Connor Campbell

Connor is a writer and spokesperson for NerdWallet. Previously at Spreadex, his market commentary has been quoted in the likes of the BBC, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Reuters and The…

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