What does your average day/week look like?
Who should I get to mentor me when I first start out?
What do you like the best about your job/industry?
What do you like least about your job/industry?
What skills do I need early on to get into this field?
What are the company values - to ensure they are aligned with your own values
If corporate Social Responsibility is important to you - How does your company give back to the community
If professional Development is important - How does your company support Employee devlopment
I would ask:
- What is a typical day like for the position you are applying for
- Ask the interviewer what keeps them at the company; but first ask them how long they have been with the company. - If they answer negatively, run! If they answer positively, then ask;
- Are there opportunities for growth within the company. This shows the interviewer you are interested in being with the company for a while, and would be a person to seriously consider for the position.
I would ask these three questions:
What is the culture like at company X?
What does growth in a role like this look like?
What is the company tenure? (I sometimes ask, how long has the interviewer been with the company)
Ginger Bradshaw, BA, ITIL v3, ABCP
Recruiters and hiring managers are hiring you for productivity. The best question and sometimes I will ask the same question in different ways. The question is, "What value add are you looking for on the first day of a new employee?" The interviewer's answer will provide you with important clues on their expectations and management style. Other informational questions that will help you decide if it is a good fit for you include, what types of research or training should you pursue to help you serve your customers best and, what is the most appreciated quality that will help you contribute to the needs of the organization .
Ginger recommends the following next steps:
What's the office culture like?
What are the expectations for this role?
What's the work/life balance like?
What do you like about the company and what keeps you there?
Tell me more about the culture.
Can you walk thru a typical 'day in the life".
2. What will be the main expectations for this role?
3. How does your company give back to the community (goals)?
One question that I always like to ask is, "How does your company/firm/etc. give back to the community?" or "Does your company/firm/etc. have community outreach activities?".
It not only helps you discover more about the potential employer's culture, but also shows that you care about giving back to whatever community you are apart of (if that is important to you).
What the working environment is like
What the promotional structure looks like
What they value in employees.
Who will thrive in your environment?
Who might not thrive?
What kind of training /support exists for new or junior employees?
What does a typical day/week look like?
How does this position fit within the organization?
What skills and personal attributes are essential to success in this role?
2. What does success look like?
3. What is does a typical day in this role involve?
When prepping for an interview, I always suggest to students that you prepare questions for which you really are interested in hearing the answer. Ask the questions you want to ask, not the questions you think you SHOULD ask! It is always apparent to an interviewer when you are actually interested in the answer (rather than checking a box by asking the question).
If you're struggling to think of questions, try thinking in these general areas: mentorship structure, training opportunities, work-life balance, how they are using certain technologies.