When applying for a job, the interview process is just as much the candidate’s opportunity to ask questions as it is the hiring manager’s. If you’re in the middle of a job search, it’s important to put great consideration into the company you’re applying with to determine whether they would be a good fit for you and your professional trajectory. At the end of an interview, it’s inevitable that you’ll be asked: “Do you have any questions for us about the position or the company?” You want to be armed with some creative questions that both show your interest and help you dig deeper into the heart of the company.
It’s OK to have a notebook open during an interview to take notes, so jot these questions down and you’ll feel prepared to learn more at your next interview:
What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked previously?
What qualities are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
Where do you think the company is headed in the next five years and how will this position contribute to that success?
What are some of the biggest challenges of working in this business?
How do I compare with other candidates for this role?
What’s the history of this position?
(If it’s a new role) Why are you hiring for this role now?
(If you’re filling someone’s shoes) Where is the person who formally had this role moving on to?
How is success measured here?
How can I earn a gold star in my performance review?
How will I receive feedback?
What is the growth trajectory for this position?
What are the next steps in the hiring process?
What is the rhythm of work?
What is the leadership style?
How has the company changed since you joined?
Story By: Sophie Duncan