they’re not just for the perspective employer
With interviews, there always come questions. Questions are asked by the potential employer. They are trying to figure out whether this job is the right fit for you, which will lead to very important questions. Questions from any caliber are fair game at this point. Go into the interview prepared to answer some questions, but you also need to be prepared to ask questions. Think to yourself, what do you want to know about the position, the company, the department and the team?
To get you thinking, here is a list of key questions to ask in your interview. Definitely don’t ask all of them rapid-fire—some of this stuff will be covered during the course of your discussion, and you can weave in other questions as you go. When the inevitable, “Do you have any questions for us?” part of the interview comes, you will be prepared to answer that daunting question? Here’s a few suggestions to make sure you’ve covered all your bases.
1. Tell me a little about your office culture.
2. What’s your favorite part about working here?
3. How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
4. Does the company offer philanthropic opportunities?
5. Please explain a typical day for this role.
6. How do you measure success?
7. Tell me about the team I would be working with and how they function.
8. What would make a person successful in this role?
9. What challenges will I face in the first three months of this role?
10. Why is the last person who held this position leaving?
This last one is a no-brainier, make sure to follow up. Ask a simple question like, “What are the next steps in the interview process?”
Remember: Don’t ask about salary or benefits just yet. Wait until you are in the final steps of the interview process to negotiate with the hiring manager or an HR representative.