Asking the right questions in an interview can help position you for success in your interview. As we mentioned previously, you may even start with a question: “So tell me about the position that you have in mind here and what I can be doing to make your job easier.” Later on, you can ask what will my role and responsibilities be when I come on board? Use “when,” not “if.” It’s a subtle signal of interest on your part.
Other questions include, can you give me an idea of your priorities and deliverables after you start? Was there someone else in this job before me and if so, how long were they here and why did they leave? Wouldn’t it be great to know any problems with the job that caused someone to leave?
Now, they may spin it into that, “The person has found a dream opportunity somewhere else,” but you have to ask the question. Also, it’s fair and wise to ask them what their management style is? What kind of people tend to thrive under your leadership? How long have you been with the firm and why do you continue
to remain with it? When I join, what will exceptional results look like to you? What would a typical day look like?
These are all questions designed to give you a sense of the job and the culture of the company. Because you’re going to have a decision to make just as they have a decision to make, and I want to get you as prepared for making that choice as we possibly can.
These questions have the potential to generate follow-up questions. Remember to be brief when asking. Keep your question period to 10 to 15 minutes, and that includes their answers to your questions.
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