Often times we focus so much on how we’re going to answer all the potential interview questions correctly that we forget we are there to ask questions too. The questions you ask can set you apart and confirm your qualifications as the right candidate for the position.
We have prepared a list so when the inevitable, “So, do you have any questions for us?” part of the interview comes you can be prepared.
Questions About The Company:
- What exactly does this company value the most, and how do you think my work for you will further these values?
- What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
- How does this company define and measure success?
Note: Look at the company website to see if you can find the answers there first, then reference those details in your questions.
Questions About The Job:
- 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’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
Note: The job description might not emphasize all the Must Have’s of the position. Also, what is most important to one interviewer might not be the same as what is most important to another interviewer. Find out, and gear further responses towards what they view as important.
Questions About The Interviewer:
- How long have you been with the company?
- Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
- What’s your favorite part about working here?
Note: Research the interviewer by looking up their LinkedIn profile and publications. This will give you insight into their background and help direct questions.
Questions About The Team:
- What are the common career paths in this department?
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
- Who will I work with most closely?
Note: Since the team directly affects your day to day life in the office it’s good to ask questions to make sure you’re a good fit.
Questions About The Culture:
- Can you tell me about the last team event you did together?
- Do you ever do joint events with other companies or departments?
- What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
Note: Many companies have pictures or information about events on their websites and social media pages. Check those out and reference them directly. “I saw that your team helps out at _____ organization every quarter. How did you get started with that organization?”