At the end of pretty much every interview you’re likely to be asked if you have any questions, so it’s important to be prepared with a few questions in mind. Not only is asking questions important for impressing the hiring manager, but it’s also a way for you to find out more about the role and make sure the company is a good fit for you. In an article on Harvard Business Review they recommend personalizing your questions as well saying “How you phrase your questions is important. Rather than using generic language, you want to ask the questions as if they pertain specifically to you. For example, instead of “What does a typical day look like?” you want to ask “What would a typical day for me in this role look like?” That will allow the hiring manager to begin seeing you in the role.” Here is a list of questions to consider asking…
Questions about the specific job:
Can you tell me more about the history of the position?
What would my day-to-day responsibilities be?
What goals or metrics would I be measured against?
Who would the ideal candidate for this role be?
Questions about the team:
What support would I have in my role?
How does the team communicate and collaborate?
Can you tell me more about the team I will be working with?
Who and what departments would I be working most closely with?
Questions about the company:
How would you describe the company culture?
What is the company’s biggest goal in the upcoming year?
What is the biggest challenge the company is currently facing and how are they addressing those challenges?
What is the management style?
What are the next steps in the interview process?
When are you looking to hire?
Is there anything else I can further provide to help with your decision?
Do you have any questions or concerns about my ability to be successful in this position that I could clarify?