You secured an interview for a role you’re interested in – congrats! That’s a huge step, since you’ll have the chance to share your thoughts on why you would be a good fit, and get a feel for the company.
You probably know that it’s best practice to ask at least a couple questions during an interview. But most people don’t actually use this time with the hiring manager or potential boss efficiently. While you want to make a great first impression in the short time you have, you should also make sure it’s a two-way conversation. After all, you’re looking for a new job (assuming you’re going on interviews), so you want to be sure this is a place where you’ll find fulfillment and job satisfaction.
Here are five questions to ask during an interview, in order to impress your future manager, while making sure it’s a good fit for you:
1. What are your top priorities for this role?
This one may have come up already in your discussion, but if not it’s important to ask. If the hiring manager can lay out the expectations, that’s a great sign that you’ll have clear goals in your new role. You’ll also know if these are things you’re capable of doing, or willing to learn. Can you apply your knowledge and experience to these goals? This would be a great opportunity to explain how.
2. How would you describe the culture here?
Some things may be clear from looking around the office: are people talking and working together, or a bit more isolated? Culture doesn’t necessarily equate to bean bag chairs and ping pong tables, although those things can be fun. You’ll want to understand how work gets done and at what pace, and what the organizational structure looks like. More importantly, consider what type of environment are you looking for. Does the culture at this company align with your values and methods of productivity?
3. What do you enjoy about the company?
This one can sometimes go hand-in-hand with culture, but there should be some clear things the hiring manager points to that he or she finds enjoyable about the company. While no one has a perfect day every day, you’ll want to look for some definitive positives. Compare these factors to your current situation: what are you looking to change and why?
4. What has been a big challenge for you here?
You are guaranteed to come across challenges in your next jobs – they’re unavoidable. But what’s important to understand is how a company handles them. Even more insightful, is how your future boss handles them. What’s the communication and crisis management like? Is the company headed in a positive direction despite typical frustrations and issues?
5. How is success measured for this role?
This one is key because you’ll learn how you will be evaluated in your new job. Not only can you understand what skills, behaviors and processes are valued, but you’ll hear how success is defined by the company. While you may not have time to get too granular, asking about specifics is helpful: are metrics highly valued, or is performance evaluated on contribution in a different form? Then consider if these factors line up with what you’re looking for.
Don’t be afraid to ask several questions or go in-depth during your discussion. The interview should not only be a chance to showcase why you’d be a great fit, but also to find out if it’s the right place for you.
If you’re still excited about the job after the interview and thought it was the perfect role, don’t forget to follow up! Download Reignger to simplify the process and set a reminder for yourself to send that thank you note.