Before the Interview: Candidate Questions and Practice Resources

Suggested Candidate Questions

Key QuestionsQuestions You May Ask:

  • Can you describe the company culture?
  • Why is this position available?
  • What are the two or three most important characteristics you are looking for in a candidate for this position?
  • What future career opportunities exist within the company?
  • What are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the successful candidate in performing this job?
  • What is your favorite part of working here?
  • Who are the main people or teams that the successful candidate would collaborate with
  • How are work assignments handled? Will I work independently or as a member of a team?
  • What might a typical day be like for a person in this position?
  • How often are an employee’s performance evaluated and what criteria are used? What are the next steps in the recruitment process?
  • When will the hiring decision be made?

Practice Your Interview


  • Build confidence and reduce stress! Rehearsing for an interview allows you to respond to questions with ease and communicate effectively.
  • Why not practice your answers to typical interview questions in video format? If you have access to a webcam you can practice your interview skills using Interview Stream. (
  • Start by watching the tutorial, select questions and conduct a video interview. See and hear what you look and sound like in an interview setting. You can even customize your own video.

InStage Resource  

Great resource and practice tool – INSTAGE Simulation for soft skills:

How to Do an InStage Practice Session

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