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5 Questions Job Seekers Should Ask During an Interview

Posted by James Rubec on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

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You've gotten an interview good going!

If you've gotten far enough into the recruiting process that you're sitting down in front of a hiring manager, this is your shot to get the job.

The pressure is on, you're in the hot seat, this is your moment to shine - but hey, don't sweat it because you're reading this post you're going to do just fine.

Honesty is the best policy, be confident in yourself and try to carefully listen to what you're being asked. When you have a question - ask it, there is no such thing as a stupid question; what there are, are questions that you can answer yourself.

You won't be led to every question you should ask - but the following five questions should help you get the information you need while not making you out to be too nosey or simple.

5 Best Interview Questions Ever

1. Who will I be working with, what are they like? 

This is something you should always ask. When it comes down to it, understanding the team dynamic that you'll be working in is key to your potential success in the role. Asking this question might help the hiring manager think about you as part of the team - it will also bring up opportunities where you can add an experience story about a time working within a group or with people as they've described.

2. Who do you report to, how does the work I do impact your KPIs (key performance indicators)?

This only works if you're being interviewed by the manager you'll be working with. If this is the case, then it will tell you a bit more about the pressures and motivations of the person who is hiring you. It can also give you a strong impression of who your future boss is and how they handle pressure. If they can't explain what impact they're hoping you'll have it isn't a good sign.

3. What upcoming projects would I be working on, should I get the job?

There always specific projects on the go in a given department. May be tax time is coming up, or the Anderson account which comes annually is looming. Understanding what you might be thrown into helps you gauge whether you want the job or not. It also tells you a bit more about why they are hiring. 


4. Was this position filled previously or is this a new position?

If the position was filled and is no longer there is probably a good reason. A good manager will answer this carefully but should provide some candor. If they fired someone, or the person quit, you might not get a straight answer in the interview, but use your intuition. If it is a new position, you have the chance to help build the role if you're hired, that's an exciting experience.  

5. What sort of processes are in place for the completion of X?

Whatever the X is, is your job that you're applying for. Asking about the process shows you at least understand how X can be done or has been done somewhere else. The answer might surprise you, "We don't have a formal system in place for this," is a fun one, it is an opportunity for you to provide structure where there was none before. 

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