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It’s coming to the end of the interview, you’re sweating, you’re drained, your fed up with the sound of your own voice and then you’re asked -
Every part of your body is screaming “no thank you” but it’s important that you ask some, just not the wrong ones.
Here’s some for you to choose from, designed to give you more clarity about the organisation, the job and your potential new boss. Your interviewer will be impressed if you ask some intelligent questions too.
“What will success look like in one year’s time for the successful candidate”? It’s vital both of you have the same picture what success looks like, otherwise how will you know if you’ve done well?
“What do you think are the best things about working for this company”? This puts the onus on the interviewer to sell you the job. If they can’t tell you a few really good things about working there then why should you want to.
“What do you need me to be brilliant at to make your life easier”? This often gets a good laugh when asked. It’s a clever question they won’t expect and very revealing too.
“How do you like to manage your people”? What you’re looking for here is an indication of how your boss likes to operate day to day.
“What do you enjoy most about YOUR job”? If they answer with real passion and motivation about what they do, there’s a good chance that’s how the atmosphere will feel when you’re in the job. If they don’t, then you make the judgement.
“How do you measure and celebrate success”? People seem to really love answering this question and it helps you to get a picture of what the culture is like.
“What will be the main challenges I might face in the first 6 months”? This shows you have an understanding that every job has challenges and knowing what they might be will make them easier to handle.