When you reach this point in a job interview — where the interviewer asks “so, are there any questions you would like to ask?” — you you want to take this opportunity to ask some questions to understand the more about the company. The interview is not over yet and you have an opportunity to find out about the company and role that is not available in the public domain.
It’s important to make a list of questions but also important to personalize your questions. You can ask the questions referring to yourselves, like, What would my typical day look like? Also, you need to build off the conversation which you have had earlier. This gives a sign that you were listening to the interviewer.
Questions about the specific job
- What are your expectations from me in this role?
- What’s the most important thing I should plan to accomplish in the first 90 days?
- What’s the performance review process like here? How often would there be formal reviews?
- What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
- What are the most immediate projects that I would take on?
- How long before I will be… [meeting with clients, have responsibility for my own accounts, interacting with other departments, etc.]?
Questions about the team
- What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
- What are the biggest challenges that I might face in this position?
- Do you expect my main responsibilities in this position to change in the next six months to a year?
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
- Who will I work with most closely? What other departments or units will I interact with?
- Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges?
Questions for your potential boss
If the interviewer is your boss, you want to ask questions along these lines as well.
- How long have you been at the company?
- How long have you been a manager?
- What’s your favorite part of working here?
Questions about the company
One important note here: Don’t ask things that you can easily find with a quick Google search (more on this in the “Questions to Avoid” section).
- What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
- What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
- How would you describe the company’s values?
- How has the company changed over the last few years?
- What are the company’s plans for growth and development?
- How do you typically onboard employees?
- What do new employees typically find surprising after they start?
- Is there anything that I should read before starting that would help me have a shared understanding with my colleagues?
- What’s your favorite office tradition?
- What do you and the team usually do for lunch?
- Do you ever do joint events with other departments or teams?
- What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
- How has the company changed since you joined?
Questions about professional development, career paths, and future opportunities
- What learning and development opportunities will I have in this role?
- How does the team I’ll be part of continue to grow professionally?
- Are there examples of a career path beginning with this position?
- What are the common career paths in this department?
- How are promotions typically handled?
- Where have successful employees moved on to?
Some Closing questions
- What am I not asking you that I should?
- Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
- Is there anything I clarify for you about my qualifications?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
This opportunity to ask questions is important as it gives you a chance to continue to prove yourself and to find out whether this job is the right fit for you. Choose the ones that are more relevant to you, your interests, and the specific job ahead of time. Then write them down — either on a piece of paper or on your phone — and glance at them ahead of time so that they’re fresh in your mind.
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