Interviewing for a job can be a harrowing experience. Nobody really wants to do it. You have juggle personality and professionalism. In truth you're begging for people to like you enough so that you can afford to purchase food to live. What we often forgo is the opportunity to grill the employer. Are they good enough for you? Because you're awesome! Ask them to prove a thing or two. Make sure they know what's going on.
Redditor u/PerpetualErection2 wanted people to know a few things for their next job opportunity asking... What are good questions to ask potential employers during an interview?
How do I score points?
My go-to question that has never failed to get me an offer (well, I'm sure it's not just this question) is:
"Let's say you hire me. In a year, what kind of metrics would let me know I've done a good job before we go into my annual review?"
It does a host of things: it makes them think like they've hired you, it details the expectations of the job, it's open-ended and allows them to talk, it allows the manager to talk about their communication preferences (Every. Single. One. has taken the opportunity to say "if you come into your review and don't already have a good idea if how you've done, I've not done my job." Like there's a script floating around with that answer), and it shows that you're interested in taking proactive steps to improve your performance. Whoopsieacct
All the basics...
A couple of my favorite questions are:
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
- Please describe what a typical day looks like for someone in this role (or similar role).
- What are the top priorities during the first three months for the person selected for this position?
Remember, at the end of the day you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. TechieYoda
I once had an interview and when it came to me to ask questions I asked what the average day in said position looked like. The guy got real serious and just said, well, I'll be honest with you, you're a volunteer firefighter and so am I, so I felt like I had to give you a chance. But we have more qualified candidates. Something along those lines. This interview was two frigging hours long, and I took off work and drove an hour each way for it. I think he saw my face change because he started to back pedal. I had a few more questions but didn't bother asking.
Just felt like sharing.
Tell the real story...
- Why is this position available? (Newly created might mean little training and skewed expectations.)
- How long did the previous employee hold it and why did they leave? (This can be so telling about a company.)
- What separates someone good at this job from someone great?
- What's the reporting structure like?
- How do you measure success in this role? PepperFinn
What's so special?
What is the work culture like: are people expected to work independently or collaboratively? How is the work divided between people with the same job titles? Is there a lot of employee turnover in the department? Are there people who have been there a long time? Why do they stay? ImpatientBeez
Are you Happy?Giphy
The best question I have ever been asked was "Why do you enjoy working here?" Threw me way off. VeganLee
I'll ask my interviewer some variant of what they like least about working there or what the biggest improvement opportunity is. The management pros will BS an answer, but if you're being interviewed by a newbie or a technical person, you might get an honest answer, usually revelatory about work culture or management style or the financial health of the company. quintk
How long would it take you to notice embezzlement? I_Seen_Things
"We don't notice that such thing here in Money Laundering Inc." SpermWhale
How many office supplies would need to disappear before you noticed? BabyProofToilets
Who came before?
Looking at people who have held this role previously, what differentiates the people who were good at the job and those that were great at the job?
Managers want to hire someone who excels at the job, not someone who is going to be an okay/average worker. It shows you care about that, and you'll probably get a better idea at what it will take to be successful in the job. daniyellidaniyelli
Back to Me...
"Is there anything about my application that concerns you?" can be incredibly useful. You get to address any negative thoughts they may have about you and (hopefully) remove them, and you come across as very proactive and wanting to push yourself and improve.
A legit response I've had to asking this in an interview was "Well damn we should get you on sales." A lot of people have pointed out, rightly, that this exact wording isn't great, but something along these lines, maybe specifically referencing your resume and the details on it would be better. I definitely agree! DenryNayr
There is a right and wrong....Giphy
As someone who has interviewed hundreds of people for jobs, generally speaking you want to ask questions that show you are interested in learning about the job/company as opposed to questions that send the message of "What's in it for me if I work here?"
So ask things like what a typical day looks like for the role, what they think the biggest challenge for the role is (to which you can respond after their answer by letting them know why that challenge won't be a problem for you), and DEFINITELY ask questions about the interviewer themselves because people generally like to talk about themselves (so like "What do you enjoy most about working here?" "What is your management style for the team?" type questions).
And then avoid questions regarding pay, benefits, time off, and things like that. Those are questions you should ask the recruiter handling the position req or wait until after you've been offered the role (but before accepting/declining) and then ask. Most employers will just disclose all of that info when they make an offer to you anyway. TheLastSpoonBender