Many job candidates are not as prepared to ask interviewers questions as they are to ANSWER questions. The questions you ask a hiring manager are very important and weigh heavily in their ultimate decision on whom to hire. And asking the right questions will help you know more about the company and position you are applying for. Do your research on the company and ask questions about it, such as “I know that you’re currently concentrated in the xyz product. Where do you see the company taking that in the next few years?” But beyond company specifics, you need to find out how good the fit will be for you. Ask questions like:
- How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
- How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
- Is this a new position? If not, why did the previous employee leave?
- Is travel expected?
- Is relocation a possibility?
- What is the typical work week like?
- Will there be overtime?
- What do you like about working here?
An interview should be about what you can give to a company, not what you can get from a company. Save those questions for the offer stage, after your prospective employer has determined you’re the right person for the role. Never ask these questions during the interview:
- How quickly do I accrue vacation time?
- How often can I work from home?
- Do you pay for parking (cell phones, car allowance, sodas, gym memberships, etc)?
- Can I bring my dog to work?
- How often will I get paid?