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The answer is always YES. Questions to ask the interviewer.

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The answer is always YES.

Trust me, you always have a question or two for the person interviewing you.

Asking your interviewers thoughtful questions at the end of your interview is a great way to:

  1. Show your interest and care.
  2. Learn more about the organization, your future team and determine if this is the opportunity for you.
  3. Further showcase your qualifications for the position.

78% of hiring managers state that enthusiasm will influence their decision.

I’m not suggesting you show up anything other than your authentic self; however, a smile, a little inflection in your voice, sending a thank you email, having questions prepared to ask the interviewer– these are all great ways to show your interest and excitement in the position.

Today, I want to share with you my favourite questions to ask the interviewer. 

After reading below, are there any questions you would add? Share in the comments ⬇️

QUESTIONS TO ASK A RECRUITER

  • What is the org structure of the department I would be joining? Who would I be reporting into? 
  • What is the salary range for this position?
  • Is this a new or backfill position? 
  • What does the interview process look like? Who will i be meeting with? When do you want the position filled by? When can I expect to hear back and from who after each of my interviews? 
  • What is something unique about this organization compared to others you’ve recruited for or/have worked for?
  • Are there any changes or additions you would recommend for my cover letter/resume?

QUESTIONS TO ASK A FUTURE PEER/CROSS-FUNCTIONAL PARTNER

  • Do the department’s values differ from the organizations in any way?
  • What surprised you most about the organization when you first started working here?
  • What departmental goals have been the most challenging and most seamless to accomplish this past year?
  • How does this role support you in achieving your goals?
  • If you could change one thing about the organization or department, what would it be?

QUESTION TO ASK A FUTURE MANAGER

  • What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
  • What cross-functional partners will I work with the most?
  • In your opinion, what do you believe will be most challenging about this position?
  • What is our (the) team dynamic?
  • What is your leadership style? 
  • Is there anything else you’re curious about when it comes to who I am and my experience that I could share and help you make your decision? 

QUESTIONS TO ASK HR

  • What has turnover been like for this department and the organization as a whole?
  • What is the organization’s philosophy for professional development?
  • What does performance management look like?
  • What does onboarding look like for new team members?
  • How is feedback shared with team members?

If you found this article useful, I’ve got something else for you… check out this video I created about the 4 MUST DO’s in your next job interview.

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