You submitted your resume, got the callback, and now you’re sitting in the lobby waiting for your interview to begin. For weeks you have been anticipating this day. If you are a Savvy Girl, which I know you are, you are prepared, did your research, and you’re ready to be a rock star. Previously, I gave you tips on what questions not to ask in an interview, but today I am sharing five questions I always have prepared to ask in an interview. These questions show that you are smart, interested, and of course savvy when the Interviewer says “Do you have any questions?”
Top 5 Interview Questions to Ask
What are the department’s goals for the next year?
This question will allow you to see if the hiring manager is thinking strategically and get an idea if her goals are aligned with why she is hiring you. The company is interviewing candidates because there is a need that has to be satisfied. Once you know the high-level goals the department is trying to achieve, you can put yourself in the position to help them achieve those goals.
What are your current challenges?
This question again will give you the information you need to create a game plan to help resolve these challenges. Hopefully, you will get a truthful and transparent answer. On the other hand, if the interviewer is vague, or says they don’t have challenges, they are lying. As with people, departments always have an opportunity to improve.
What skills or competencies are valued throughout the company?
You want to find out if you have what it takes to survive there. Furthermore, does the company’s values match up to your strengths or weaknesses? Do they value quality or quantity? Is the company all about customer service? Hopefully, the answers to these questions will reinforce what your research said and give you deeper context into the company culture.
How do you measure success?
This is a big one! You want to know how you will be evaluated. Is it meeting goals, constant improvement, or just showing up every day? Inquiring about how your manager will review your performance and determine if you are successful is something you want to know before you even get an offer. You will gain insight into what matters most to your prospective manager.
Are there any more questions you have for me that may help you make a decision?
Sometimes as the interview is coming to an end, the Interviewer may feel like they still need more information. This is your chance to put things back on her to see if she wants to dig deeper. While you are in person, you want her to get all the information she needs to say “she’s the one,” or “she’s not a good fit”. Either way, you don’t want to walk out of the room leaving her with a feeling that she is missing something. Throw this question back at your interviewer and she may just have a few more questions that will lead her to make the decision to hire you.
BONUS: How soon are you looking to fill this position?
This is a more basic question but for me, it’s important. I like to have my expectations set. Therefore, I make sure I ask this question at every single interview. Asking for a timeline will ease your mind, and not have you sitting by the phone when you know that it may take a few more weeks for the hiring manager to come to a final decision.
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