What are good questions to as a potential employer during an interview?
I've always had a hard time during interviews. I'm not sure what the right answers to the questions are or what to ask myself to show the employer I'm serious about the position.
It is always good to ask your potential employer questions as it makes the interview interactive and also gives you an idea of how things work in the potential employer's company and what is expected out of you. First things first, I would recommend reading about the company's background and also going through job posting and understanding what is expected out of you.
1. What skills do you think is most important for an individual applying to this position?
2. What is expected out of me (to make sure it aligns with your understanding of the job posting), what would a typical day to day activities for this position look like (ask a peer interviewer)?
3. Ask about Culture of the company (express your previous experience, discuss work life balance)
4. Higher Level Interviewer - Ask about company future, what do they have in mind for the team/company?
Here are the best questions:
1. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST STRENGTH?
Here you must discuss the attributes that qualifies you for the specific job and set you apart from rest of the candidates.
2. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?
Here you must frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and your abilities as an employee.
3. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
It’s tricky; don’t give too much or too little personal information.
Start by sharing a few of your personal interests which is not related to your work, directly.
4. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
You must know that why. Try answering in a seller’s tone, and tell them what you have to offer the employer, and why you must get the job.
5. WHAT ARE YOUR SALARY EXPECTATIONS?
A very simple question, but your answer will create a difference for yourself, if you either overprice or under-price yourself. If you are a fresher,
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2. What does my day or week look like in this role?
3. What is the vision of the team you are joining and most important problems team is actively working on?
4. What does the team composition look like?
5. What are formal mentorship opportunities?
6. What are some volunteering opportunities available at the company?
7. If it is a technical role then what is the culture of the company in terms tech stack?
8. How does the leadership connect with employees?
9. What is the performance evaluation system look like?
10. What is the culture of the company when it comes to diversity and inclusion?
A few ones that I like:
- How are the team structured?
- What does it take to be successful at company X?
- What do you like about working here?
Many others too but these are my 3 go to when interviewing.
Hope this helps,
Assuming the question hasn't been answered already for information about the job you are applying for. These could include what your responsibilities would be and what a typical day would look like. This can open up a conversation where you can speak to why you would be a good fit for the role, and can also help you understand whether the job is right for you.
1) Recruiter/talent partner - questions here should be more around the company, the culture, benefits. They will be less likely to be able to speak to the specifics of the job, but they can talk to the general environment of the company.
2) Peer/potential teammate - questions here should focus more on the day to day, challenges they face in the job, the team culture, business partners that you'd interact with. As a person that is or has been in the role you're interviewing for, stories about their own experiences and their perspectives are invaluable.
3) Hiring Manager/ manager for a business partner - questions here can focus on the challenges the team faces, what makes a standout candidate, where they'd like to see the team grow towards. It's important to get their perspectives on these in their own words.
Keep in mind, you're also "interviewing" the company to see if it is a fit for what you're looking for. Have that perspective and you'll be good.