Coming up with questions to ask during an interview can be tricky. It’s a fine line between appearing knowledgeable about the business yet curious enough to query the how, what, why and when.
The process of applying for a new role can also be so all-consuming that you retrospectively realise you forgot to ask that critical question. The key with these questions is to encourage your prospective employer to speak openly about the new role, as this will likely decide if it’s the right step for you.
Here are a few questions you may wish to consider asking:
- When we sit down in a year, what will a successful year look like in this post? What will we have achieved?
- What has a successful person in this position been like? Why is the role open? (Useful to know if it was a promotion or something else)
- What are the immediate challenges within the team?
- How do you evaluate success?
- Tell me about the strongest members of your team?
- What are the shared traits of your best performers?
- Have there been any hires who haven’t worked out for you? If so, why did you feel it didn’t work with them?
- How do you help your team grow, both professionally and personally?
- How would you rate the company on epitomising its core values? (ask respectively and do your research on the company website prior to asking)
- Is there anything I have not been clear on or that you would like me to clarify further?
- How would I collaborate with my manager?
- What steps need to be taken before an offer for this position is extended… is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
- Do I need to meet anyone else or would I get a chance to meet with potential staff or team members as part of this process?
We hope these help – but if you need any further assistance on how to word a particular question, feel free to contact us today.