When the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?,” it’s more than just a polite end to the interview. This is your opportunity to a) get clarification on any details that are important for you to know and b) impress the hiring manager with your insightful questions.
So how can you balance both – and shine?
Here’s a look at 6 questions you should always ask your next potential boss:
How is success measured in this position?
This will give you a sense of the milestones and goals you’ll be expected to achieve if you get the job. Not only that, but you’ll also have a clearer picture as to whether the objectives and expectations of the role are reasonable and achievable for you.
Can you give me a few examples of the top priorities or tasks you’d like handled in the first six months on the job?
A hiring manager may give you a big picture overview of the position. But with this question, you’re asking them to dig into the nitty gritty details – so you can better assess whether the role is right for you.
From your perspective, what part of this job is most challenging?
During an interview, a hiring manager will focus on the many positives of the position. But when it comes to making an educated decision about a job offer, you need to know the good, the bad and the ugly. This question can help you uncover any difficulties you might face, so you’re not blindsided once on the job.
How does the team communicate?
The answer to this question can give you a good indication of what to expect when it comes to meetings, phone calls, and emails. How does the hiring manager like to communicate? Are there regular weekly status meetings, or daily ones? Do they expect you to give an update on project work each week? Do they prefer you to call, email, text, or connect in person with questions or concerns? It’s important to know what the communication process is like to ensure you’re comfortable with it.
What’s the story behind this position?
In other words, is it a new position, or did someone leave or get promoted? If the position is a new one, why is there suddenly a need for it? If it’s not a new one, what key traits did the last employee in it have that made them successful? Asking these kinds of questions can help you gain a better sense of where your talents are most needed and where you can best contribute in the role.
How would you describe the company’s culture?
Beyond learning about the position, it’s also vital that you dig deeper into the company culture so you can assess whether it’s a good fit for you. If it’s a laid back, casual culture – and you’re used to and like a corporate environment – then you might be able to do the job, but will you be happy in it? You need to ask yourself these kinds of questions as you’re evaluating the opportunity.
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