Interviews: What to Ask?

Following my previous post about how to interview like a pro, I compiled a list of interview questions. Not for you to be asked, but for you to ask your interviewer.

Why you should ask questions…

It shows you give even the mildest of fucks about the role. If you ask no questions the interviewer will presume you are disinterested, and if you are, then why the hell are you there?

Best questions to have prepared…

Bare in mind, some of these may be answered as you go, but that’s okay. There will surely be one that you can ask and one is better than none. Get a pen and paper and write these down – repetition makes it easier to remember them.

What is the structure of the interview? You can ask this at the beginning. They will probably tell you the layout of the interview which is very helpful in terms of how you go about answering different questions.

What are the next steps in the interview process? This you can ask at the end. It will allow you to find out when you should expect to hear back from them, and if there will be further rounds of interviews to be conducted.

How would you describe the company culture? I always feel this question helps you get an idea of what you are going into. Especially as sometimes employers will be very frank and honest. Although such a question is perceived to be a soft question by some, it’s still a question if you get caught off guard.

What is the typical progression for someone in this role? Only relevant if you intend to progress obviously. It gives you something to work toward if you know there are greater chances for fulfilment. If it’s a dead end role you probably don’t want it.

What is the structure of the team/Who does the role report to? This will help you build a mental map of what they layout of the department is like. It could be considerably different to what you first thought. This could be a good or bad thing.

What are the expectations for the successful candidate? The answer may scare the shit out of you but you may as well know what you are in for. Most companies don’t hire people to not perform. Performance is normally measured, based on the expectation you can decide if the role is the right fit for you.

Never ask about money…

Unless the interviewer brings it up. And if you do really want to ask about the salary at least wait until the second round interview. Why? I have no fucking idea they are just the stupid social conforming rules.

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