It is time to turn the tables and prepare you to ask some powerful questions at the interview – preparation for those is as important as for the ones you will be asked. So, latest when you hear “Do you have any questions for us?”, consider asking some of the ones below. Please note: even if you have spoken to the ambassador before and actually know the answer, still: ask it again or even better, clarify with the interviewer what you have heard from the ambassador.
1.) …the job:
– What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
– Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?
– What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
– What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position?
– What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
– What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
– What training programs are available to your employees?
– Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
– Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
– Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?
3.) …your performance:
– What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
– What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
– What is the performance review process like? How often would I be formally reviewed?
– What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
4.) …the interviewer (hint: be personal):
– How long have you been with the company?
– Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
– What did you do before this?
– Why did you come to this company?
– What’s your favorite part about working here?
5.) …the company:
Read our blog entry #5 as a start, potentially add:
– Where do you see this company in the next few years?
– What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
– What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
6.) …the team:
– Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
– Who will I work with most closely?
– Who will I report to directly?
– Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
– Which other departments work most closely with this one?
– What are the common career paths in this department?
7.) …the culture:
– What is the company and team culture like?
– How would you describe the work environment here – is the work typically collaborative or more independent?
– Can you tell me about the last team event you did together?
– What’s your favourite office tradition?
– What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
– How has the company changed since you joined?
8.) …next Steps (very important!):
– What are the next steps in the interview process?
– Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
– Can I answer any final questions for you?