My Top 5 Questions To Ask in a Job Interview

Join career expert and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he shares his top 5 questions to ask in a job interview!


My Top 5 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview


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A company-based one first…

1. Based on the direction of the company, what do you think will be your greatest accomplishments in the next three years?

Organizations need to be able to think at least three to five years into the future. But, you don’t want to join an organization that only thinks about the future. Thinking is nice, but companies that act and build things and have clarity around specifically what they’re going to do are worthy of you. Join them.

It’s a great question because it helps you understand whether they have a vision and if they have clarity regarding specifically what they want to build.

Questions two, three, and four are about you and your role…

2. What are the qualities of people who are most successful in this position?

You’re looking for the traits the employer wants. The reason it’s a great question is you’ll get the actual traits they’re evaluating and you can use that insight immediately to highlight how you and your background and experience match those traits! Plus, it’s a great setup question for the next one.

3. If you were to give me an offer and I was to accept it, one year from now, what will I have done specifically that you would consider this hire to be a raging success?

It gives you clarity to make sure you could actually achieve those objectives. And, it gives you ammunition to use within that interview or subsequent interviews to talk about exactly how you’ll accomplish what they consider a success.

You now know their (year-end) goal is. Get them to envision you completing it for them.

Boom. This one wins the interview even though you’re not done yet. Let’s pile on a bit…

4. If you were to give me an offer and I was to accept it, within one week of starting this job, what will be my biggest surprise?

This is a little safety net for you. You want to make sure you’re uncovering information you might not have uncovered with the questions you’ve designed.

It gets the interviewer thinking hmmm, what might this person not ask in the job interview I could share or what surprised me when I first started with the company?

Naturally, the interviewer’s inclination will be to provide you a negative surprise. That’s just (unfortunately) the way most people think.

It puts the interviewer on the spot. Ka. Boom. Bonus.

Don’t forget your boss…

5. What’s your management style and what are your expectations of the position you might not have already mentioned?


Andrew LaCivita is an internationally recognized executive recruiter, award-winning author, trainer, and founder and chief executive officer of milewalk and the milewalk Academy. He’s dedicated his career to helping people and companies realize their potential, consulting to more than two hundred organizations and counseling more than eleven thousand individuals. He often serves as a trusted media resource and is the award-winning author of Interview Intervention, Out of Reach but in Sight, and The Hiring Prophecies.


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  1. Hi Everyone! Let me know what your biggest struggles are with asking questions in an interview and I will give you a hand!

  2. Great video. I just have one question… are these questions okay to ask in any stage in the interview process? I ask this because I have a second round interview tomorrow. Thanks again great video!

  3. I am in sales and due to circumstances out of my control I missed my quota three years in a row but was 102% at the time I was “RIF’ed” Reduction In Force. How should I explain the 3 year gap in an Interview without having a negative reflection.

  4. Andrew: Thanks for sharing your professional insight in the interview process. Hope to be able to ask some of the questions at my upcoming interview.

  5. Hi Andrew, thanks for this (and all your other) video(s). They’ve really helped me feel much more confident when applying for a new position than I ever had previously. I felt really well prepared and positive about the interview experience, it was almost enjoyable! I’ve always struggled before with what to ask but this video really helped me to focus and understand what both the interviewer and I could gain from a well thought out and constructed question. I feel really well equipped to start my new position with a good understanding of where my new role is heading and what’s needed of me. Thanks again!

  6. Andrew, what I think about this video with just one word: Outstanding! thank you for sharing your knowledge. I really feel more confident after watching this video.
    Regards from Mexicali (North Mexico)!

  7. Andrew. Not only are your videos are great, but you respond to all of your viewers. I looked on and found your book (Interview Intervention) to have 5/5 stars. I am buying it now.


  8. By asking that question that you were to get an offer and that you would accept, wouldn’t that seem arrogant to the interviewer?

  9. I have question please. sometimes they call me and ask me , and I have long experience so ,I can not remember everything was written on my C.V, what can I do

  10. Hi, I love your videos, and I find them very helpful. As a recent graduate I am just starting to look for jobs, and I was wondering if you had any advice for people who get interviewed. I have no had a real experience with the interviewing process, and I don’t know how to practice. I attended career fairs in the past and posed many questions to the stands. However, I noticed that when I ask questions I sometime end up getting them angry? I am not too sure how to look at it. Am I being too aggressive? Or am I just asking the questions with a poor choice of words? I feel like if I asked your first question about the company, I would some how trigger them.

  11. Hey Andrew, thank you for sharing this information. I have two phone interviews this week and I am confident this will be helpful.

    I did want to comment about questions two and three in particular. I feel the wording is a bit confusing and may have been phrased better.

    What do you think of “If I were to be hired for this position, what specific accomplishments would cause you to consider this highly successful?”

    Thank you!

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