You think you're nailing the interview, but it's not quite over. The hiring manager has been asking you the tough questions, and you've answered each one confidently and professionally. You had several copies of your resume printed and ready to go. They loved your references,  and now the interview is wrapping up. 

"Do you have any questions for me?" the hiring manager asks.

This is your moment to shine. Remember that an interview is a two-way street. Asking questions during an interview not only gives you an opportunity to learn about the company, but also provides you the chance to impress employers. Asking Intelligent questions can reveal a lot about your work ethic. In fact, the questions you ask potentially hint at how much you want the job. This is your time to learn specific information about the company, the department and the position. That means you should have several questions prepared before the interview begins. Some of them may get answered during the interview itself, but it's likely you'll still have few more when the interview comes to a close.

General question ideas
Questions about company culture, tasks relevant to the position and who you will be working with directly are usually appropriate during an interview. Some ideas for general questions include:

  • What does a typical day in this position look like?
  • What are the short- and long-term goals of this position?
  • How do you see this position contributing to the company's overall success?
  • What have past employees done to be successful in this position?
  • How would you describe the company's culture? 

These questions are a good starting point, but remember to ask questions that are relevant to the position for which you're applying. Read through the job description several times and research the company online before going in for an interview. 

Questions to avoid asking
Despite the fact that we are taught in school that there is no such thing as a bad question, there are several types of questions to avoid during interviews.

  • What does your company do?
  • Any question that could have been easily answered by researching the company beforehand.
  • Any questions about salary, time off or special benefits. Wait until you have been offered the position to discuss this information.
  • Will there be a background or drug test? 
  • Any questions related to promotions or immediate job advancement. You haven't even gotten the job yet, so don't jump the gun.