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You’ve come to the end of the interview with the first person and inadvertently they ask – “do you have any questions?” Don’t be caught off guard by this, because you can prepare for this in advance. You can have your list of questions in your folio and refer to it when the question is asked.

Your interview team will be impressed if you don’t ask every interviewer the same questions, but if you do, that’s ok too. The reason you should have questions prepared ahead of time, is because it shows your are interested and that you can engage and interact with potential team members and the hiring manager.

Here are a list of possible questions you could ask, broken down by the type of interviewer:

Questions for the Hiring Manager:

  • What are the next steps?
  • What other information do you need from me?
  • Based upon our phone interview and our time together, how do you feel about hiring me for this position?
  • What are your expectations of someone in this position?
  • Has anyone been in this role before? If so, what made them either successful or unsuccessful?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • What are your thoughts on…(insert subject here…telecommuting, overtime, flex hours, you decide what to ask about)
  • I would like to get your contact information so that I can follow up with you – do you have a card or can you give me your email address?

Questions for the Recruiter or HR Representative:

  • What are the benefits of working at this company? (Insert company name)
  • What advice would you give to someone sitting in my seat right now?
  • What are the next steps in the process?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?
  • How many people are you interviewing for this position?
  • How do I stack up compared to the others you’ve interviewed so far?
  • Do you have any concerns about me as a candidate? If so, what are they?
  • What else do you need from me at this point?
  • What are the top three reasons why I should join this company?
  • I would like to get your contact information so that I can follow up with you – do you have a card or can you give me your email address?

interview-questions-for-interview-teamQuestions for others on the Interview Team:

In some cases, especially in high tech companies, you will have a full day of interviews with various members of the team. They too may ask if you have any questions. Here are some good generic questions which you may ask any of the interviewers throughout the interview day:

  • Why did you decide to join this company?
  • What is your favorite thing about your job or this company?
  • What advice would you give someone who takes this role?
  • What do you see as the initial challenges in this role?
  • What do you think about the current executive team?
  • Where do you see yourself in two years?
  • Now that we’ve had a chance to get to know each other, would you recommend me for this position?
  • What next steps do you recommend for me?
  • I would like to get your contact information so that I can follow up with you – do you have a card or can you give me your email address?
  • If I am not offered this job, may I keep your contact information for networking?

In addition to or instead of these questions, if you have specific questions regarding the position, the company, the team or any other relevant topic, of course use them! This list is intended to help you be prepared, even at the last minute.

Good luck in your interview and be sure to follow up as you say you will.

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