If you’ve been in a job interview, which I’m sure you have, you’ve probably been asked “do you have any questions for me?” on numerous occasions. If so, I’m sure you’ve got a cycle of ‘go to” questions to pull out from under your seat that are appropriate for almost any situation. However, are the questions you’re asking your prospective employer eye-raising? If the answer is “no”, let’s go over some questions you can ask the next time you’re faced with “do you have any questions for me?” We’re positive these questions will make you an unforgettable candidate and help you get the nod you need!
If hired, how will my role impact the larger scope of this company?
It’s not terribly difficult to find a candidate that can execute a role. It is terribly difficult to find a candidate that can not only execute, but also understand how their role fits into larger goals so they can self-manage, prioritize high-value activities, and grow their role in a direction that aligns with the company’s growth.
How It Helps You: This information can be hard to come by if your company isn’t very communicative or transparent, so this is a good chance to get that information while the “gettin’s good”, and use it to guide your decisions if you land the role.
If hired, what will be expected of me in the first month?
This question shows that you’re the type who likes to hit the ground running, instead of spending a week filling out HR forms. It also shows that you recognize patterns of success and want to replicate only the most effective performers.
How It Helps You: Every company has its weird nuances, its own environment, and its own unspoken expectations. This helps you start with a little bit of the insider info so you don’t suffer a case of “if I knew then what I knew now” in six months.
If hired, how could I measure my success in this position?
Asking a question like this shows that you’re goal-oriented and aren’t afraid to be held accountable for those goals. You don’t shirk accountability — you welcome it and will work hard to hit the goals for which you’re responsible.
How It Helps You: It’s shocking how many people don’t actually know what they want from their employees beyond a vague idea of some work that needs to get done. Asking this question will force a hiring manager to figure it out — and then can communicate it to you, so you can execute it.
Find more interview question tips in part two and our current job openings here.