Most people prepare their answers for common job interview questions. It's something even we promote, because it works. But in all of this preparation, applicants often stare blankly back at interviewers when asked, "Do you have any questions for me?" Even a polite, "No, I think you covered everything," is a giant red flag for an interviewer.
Not having any questions shows a lack of interest in the role and the company and could negatively impact your chances of being hired. We pulled together some easy questions to ask your interviewer depending on their role in the hiring process. You don't have to ask all of them, and you can always ask a question more specific to the organization or job you're being interviewed for, but these are some of the best and simplest options guaranteed to make an impression.
Questions to ask the HR contact
This is often one of the first interviews you will have for a job opening. The human resources contact is designed to weed through candidates based on experience and personality. Their questions will typically stick to your background and your behavior, not necessarily strategy, tactical execution or prior accomplishments. Questions directed at an HR contact should be similar in nature.
- What is the office culture?
- What type of personality would fit well with this team?
- Why is the position open?
Questions to ask the hiring manager
This is your future boss and you want to show you're qualified for the position while also understanding if the two of you will mesh well. The people you work with on a daily basis can make or break your career happiness, so this is just as much an evaluation of your future employer as it is an evaluation of you.
- How do you measure success?
- What is the most important thing you'd like me to accomplish in the first 30, 60 and 90 days of employment?
- What is your management style?
- How can my skills best help the team?
Questions to ask potential colleagues
You may not always have the opportunity to speak with employees or team members, but if you do you want to get an insider's look at the team and management. Be candid, conversational and friendly.
- What is your favorite thing about working here?
- Can you describe a time you didn't meet the boss's expectations. How did he or she react?
- Do you have any advice for me regarding the role, team dynamics, or company?
Whether you're interviewing with an HR professional, the hiring manager or a potential team member, you want to make sure you are asking questions of them as well. Not having any questions can hinder your chances of being hired, but you'll also have missed an opportunity to make sure the position and team are right for you.
After all, finding a new job isn't just about a change or a pay increase; you want to be happy at work too. Take time during each and every interview to ask your interviewer these questions.
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