Coming to the interview prepared with well thought out questions completely changes the dynamic of the interview and could possibly change the hiring manager's perception of you (in a good way.) You must keep in mind this is not only a time for the interviewer to assess you, but for you to ensure this company will be a right fit for you. You want this company to position you for success. This is where you will spend 40+ hours a week and you want it to be a worthwhile experience. Right?
Naturally, you may get a little nervous putting the interviewer in the hot seat if you’ve never asked such probing questions before. Don’t be nervous. Questions are expected. They will respect you more for coming prepared, and this will help you make an informed decision on whether or not to accept an offer. In your portfolio, jot down at least 5 good questions in case a few are answered throughout your interview. You never know, you and the interviewer may hit off so well more questions are appropriate just to remain engaged.
These questions will help you get a better sense of the company culture, your role and expectations as well your potential for growth. Pay attention during interview to ensure the question hasn’t already been answered during the course of the interview. Here are 12 questions you could use in your next job interview:
1. How do you measure success in this position?
This question is extremely important because it allows you to understand the company’s values and ensure they align with your own. This will also give you insight into what it will take to advance to the next level. What if the expectations are unrealistic? This is your chance to find out.
2. What are the challenges of this position?
Use this time to compare their tough points to your skill set. You could even offer ways you know you can overcome these challenges if hired.
3. If you could change one thing about the culture what would it be?
This allows you a chance to discover some of those things you wish you knew before starting. This is a way of finding out what is wrong with the place without directly saying it.
4. Why is this position vacant?
This will give you insight into the nature of the job and the company culture. Was the person fired? Did they leave? Why? Were they promoted? If this position has high turnover, you will find out in this moment.
5. Why did you choose to work here? What keeps you here?
This will allow the interviewer to get personal and answer as a potential coworker. You will soon learn benefits of working for the company and if they are in line with your values.
6. How can I most quickly become a strong contributor within the organization?
This will allow you to learn the priorities in this role and how you can be effective once you join the team.
7. How would you describe the team I am joining?
This will give you a snapshot of what you will be walking into. Sometimes personalities and work preferences simply don’t mesh so its good to know this ahead of time
8. Do you see any gaps in my qualifications and your ideal candidate?
This will give you a glimpse of exactly what they are looking for and how you measure up. Use this time to answer any questions they may have about why you should not get the role.
9. How has this position evolved?
This will tell you how much growth to expect if you accept this position. Some positions are stepping-stones and some have no growth at all. Consider exactly what you are looking for in a position and make sure it is in line with your career goals.
10. How would you describe the managerial style of the person I will directly be reporting to?
Let’s face it, we all have our preferences. This is your chance to see if your manager will be a good fit for you.
11. What is the next step in the process?
This is an essential last question and one you should always ask. It shows you are serious about moving along in the hiring process and allows you to get a realistic timeline on feedback and invites the interviewer to tell you how many people are in the running for the position.
12. Is there anything we haven't covered that you think is important to know about working here?
Use this as a wild card in case you run out of questions or feel you did not get enough out of the answers to your other questions.
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