Candidates Should Ask Smart Questions

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Going for an interview is the most difficult phase of planning a job change. These days, people are confident enough to ask their interviewer questions that demonstrate their interest in the role, commitment to the organization, and determination that the new job is suitable for them. Apart from subject matter knowledge, professionals prepare for interviews by researching the company profile, their job responsibilities, work environment, and so on, so that they can ask the interviewer specific questions. This also demonstrates that they are interested in the firm and have extensively researched them. Just as hiring managers will ask questions to assess if a candidate is culturally and technically compatible, candidates must, in turn, ask questions.

According to a survey, 84 percent of potential employees ask pertinent questions about their compensation, company culture, benefits, and opportunities for growth and upskilling. Although the hiring manager may make you feel defensive at times throughout the interview, your confidence and efficiency have to you overcome this by having a flow of knowledge that goes back and forth. Here are some smart questions to ask during your interview:


What is your company’s turnover rate?

Knowing the company’s attrition rate will tell you where it is in terms of employee satisfaction right now. The higher the attrition rate, the lower the satisfaction level. Though turnover rates can be caused by a variety of variables, when taken as a whole, they provide a picture of employee satisfaction.

Why did the prior employee who had the job leave?

This will give you a sense of the previous employee’s issues and that you may experience in the future. However,  keep in mind that the explanation presented at the exit interview may differ from the genuine reason. 

The hiring manager and/HR may minimize the reasons for the departure by saying that they left for a better opportunity. The person was doing a great job and was very happy but was recruited out for a step up. That may or may not be completely truthful. You will get a clearer picture from people at a staff level than from the hiring manager or HR.


What are the advancement opportunities over the next five years?

It’s critical to understand your progression potential because you can’t stay in one place forever.  Understanding the company’s growth path will help in visualizing one’s future in the new organization. This will also provide a better sense of the company’s commitment to individual growth.


The company’s current state and plans

Working for a large corporation can be advantageous because it ensures a possibility of job security. The firm’s standing will decide one’s length of stay, and a high employee rating will increase one’s chances of advancement within the organization.


What is the organization’s hierarchy?

Some firms operate in complete chaos, with their manager always being correct, but others may enable their staff to have a say, with whoever is right, regardless of their current status, being heard. Working in such a corporation can be a rewarding experience because there are opportunities to learn and grow.


What exactly is expected of the individual doing this job?

Knowing the specific work will help you comprehend the pressure that the corporation will put on if he accepts the offer . There may be some fields where one might handle pressure well, but others in which one feels comfortable.too. It’s critical to understand what’s in store for you.


To what extent are employees permitted to take risks?

In certain firms, the management is excellent, and employees’ labor is limited to the tasks that the manager assigns. This limits the employee’s ability to be creative. The answer to the above-mentioned question will reveal how much leeway the organization gives its staff.

When asked of an interviewer, the above-mentioned questions will help you understand the overall image of the organization and the nature of the position. As a result, future actions with the new organization can be simply planned

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021 



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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