Interviewing Best Practices: Who Asks the Questions?


Want to stand out as a candidate during your next interview?

Interviews can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking for most people when they feel a lack of confidence. Here at SNR, we spend a lot of time interviewing candidates and assessing them to determine best fit in a company and position. We want to give you guys, the candidates, some insight into one of the biggest gray areas surrounding interviews. These questions have been answered by Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Partner with Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, to give our readers some tips and beneficial information about asking the right questions in your next interview.

1.      Why should an interviewee ask questions during an interview?

Asking questions during an interview is your opportunity to get to know more about the company you want to work with. Obtaining more information helps you make an informed decision about things like expectations and how you would fit in with their culture. When you ask the interviewer questions it shows them you are interested in the company/position and that you have done your research. Companies are looking for the candidate that will make the best impact in the position, so if you can show them initiative early on it’s a good indicator of how you would fit in the role they are hiring for.


2.       What are some examples of good questions to ask the person interviewing you?

When asking questions avoid focusing on yourself and the benefits/perks of the position, instead, ask questions that are focused on the business, position and culture.

Good examples:

“What does a day-to-day look like in this position?”

“What type of candidate excels in this position and fits within the work culture?”

“What does successful progression look like in a year?”

Bad examples:

Not asking any questions!

If you only ask questions that focus on the perk such as:

“What would the benefit coverage look like?”

“How many breaks do I get?”


3.      What if you do not ask good questions?

If your questions come off the wrong way to the interviewer you can be viewed as a red flag or not quite the fit for their work culture or the position. When your questions are solely focused on the perks the job has to offer, it shows you are more interested in the perks or pay as opposed to the job. Organizations are looking for candidates who fit not only the role but the company and those who carry potential and enthusiasm. A good attitude goes a long way.


4.      Is it wrong if you don’t ask the interviewer any questions? What if you don’t have any?

Yes, it is wrong to not ask any questions during your interview! It could leave a bad taste in the interviewer’s mouth, and it could show them that the candidate had no interest or any prior knowledge about the company. Chantelle suggests it is best to come prepared. Having more questions prepared than you intend to ask as a number of your questions will be covered during the interview. When asking questions avoid yes or no questions, this is your opportunity to get as much information as you can. If you don’t have any questions do some online research about the company or similar roles to help you generate some curiosity. Try and ask questions that can give you information and clarity about the work culture you might enter.


Asking the right questions can be a great competitive advantage to capitalize on. Don’t leave your next interview without showing due diligence and interest.