The Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview
By David Moir
We've all been there. You’re in the interview and the hiring manager or HR person is asking the questions. Things are going great and you feel like you’re closing in on a new career. Then comes the question, followed by an awkward pause. Lastly, the dreaded “I don’t know.”
That question, of course, is “do YOU have any questions for ME.” It’s one that has stumped many an interviewee in the past. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the company, its culture and goals. All of which will play a big part in how well you’d do as an employee.
It’s ALWAYS a good idea of have a few questions in mind before you go in to an interview. Don’t be afraid to look up the company’s website or social media presence. Come up with some good, probing questions that will show you’re sincere about making an impact should you land a job.
To get you started, here are some good, basic questions to ask the next time you’re in a job interview!
“What are your expectations of me in the first 60-90 days?”
The best of us want to hit the ground running we do not want the first few months to getting to know the organization. I want to make an impact--right away.
“What traits are commonly shared with the top performers?”
What are the key qualities to the top contributors? Is it the hours put in, new relationships vs. grooming long-term ones, maybe it is the willingness to work on the small tasks as well as conquering the big ones.
What are the few things that really increase the company’s bottom line?
How quickly can I make a positive return on my compensation? Do you have good company retention vs. the industry average? Do you rely on your team to generate additional revenue? A great candidate wants to know what makes a difference and what the vision to increasing profits is. A company succeeding will mean I succeed as well!
What does the team do in their spare time?
A great team likes what they do and actually like each other! This may not be easy for a manager to answer but work/life balance is the common denominator… Are there team building events?
Whatever the question, remember that what you ask can be just as important as the answer you receive.