Interviews are always stressful situations. Most of the time we’re focused on putting our best foot forward, making a good impression, and (for technical roles) focused on giving solid and correct answers.
But there is always that moment at the end when the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” When I was younger, I was usually so focused on how the questions went that I usually only had cursory questions at this point or drew a blank. At the end of the day I’d realize I didn’t actually have a good feel for the job, my role, or whether the team was healthy.
As I’ve progressed during my career, I agree with the questions in this article. I’ve seen them worded differently, but this list was pretty comprehensive.
QUESTION #1: What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty gritty of the every day. Make sure it is full of the things you like.
QUESTION #2: What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values?
Dig deep to get more information on the company’s culture. You’ll get insight into what is most important for the company as a whole, and what it values in the individuals who work there.
QUESTION #3: What’s your favorite part about working at the company?
Gives you a sense of the interviewer’s opinion about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too. Another way of asking this is “What is fun about working here?”
QUESTION #4: What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
It’s crucial to have a deep understanding of how a company measures success. What are the key performance indicators for the role? How, and how often are they measured?
QUESTION #5: Are there opportunities for professional development? If so, what do those look like?
When asking this question, you’re looking to key into whether there are opportunities for growth and whether the company has a development program. Stagnation is a big red flag.
QUESTION #6: Who will I be working most closely with?
This question will help you get a better sense of the dynamics of who your collaborators will be. Jot down names, ask for titles. It’s important to evaluate how cross-functional (or cross-geo) the role is. Ask how much influence/authority to change things you’ll have in those interactions.
QUESTION #7: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?
Knowing the good is just as important as knowing the not-so-good. You want to understand the scale of the problems you’ll be dealing with. Another way of asking this is “
QUESTION #8: Is there anything about my background or resume that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role? This question displays that you’re highly invested in the job and committed to understanding your prospects as a candidate. Plus, it will also allow you an opportunity to respond to any potential concerns.