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Job Interview Questions YOU Should Ask The Interviewer

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Something I always tell my Career Coaching clients who are walking into a job interview is that they must remember they are interviewing the company just as the company is interviewing them.

You don’t want to work somewhere that doesn’t fit YOUR needs and desires. Therefore, it’s YOUR responsibility to come in with questions that will help you understand if the position is right for you or not.

This Seattle Times article does a great job of further diving into why/how you should interview the person interviewing you. They give some fantastic example questions, such as:

 

About the hiring manager:

  • How would you describe your leadership style?
  • What do you like the most and the least about working here?

About the position:

  • Is this a newly created position, or was there someone previously in it?
  • What are the most common attributes of the employees who are the most successful in this position?

About the department:

  • What’s the average tenure for department employees?
  • What are the top priorities you’re trying to accomplish in this department?

About the company:

  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • What do you see as the company’s biggest opportunities?

Have you found yourself interviewing the person interviewing you? What other questions did you ask that made an impact in your potential to work there?

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Della Doar says:

    Interviewing the Company is a very important part of the interview process. I advice that you think through what it is you really want to know before the interview. Listen carefully to questions that are asked of you – these questions can open doors to a good conversation concerning the Company and/or job.

  • Chuck Feltz says:

    Consider asking a question that demonstrates your ability to think at a level higher than the position you are interviewing for. Example: “Given the company’s capabilities, what is the next biggest problem that could be solved for your customers that would make you even more relevant?”

  • Chuck Feltz says:

    Thanks David. No question in my experience this opens a new level of conversation and distinguishes you as a candidate.