Key Questions to ask the employer during the interview process:
Q: Could you describe the day to day of the role to me?
- Make sure the job description and day-to-day responsibilities align.
- Familiarize yourself with the job description before the interview and expect the employer to ask you to describe the role to them.
Q: What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
- Be sure that you have a clear vision of what the day to day responsibilities will be.
- Ask about the requirements, goals and metrics that you will be held responsible for.
Q: I’m curious to learn more about the team structure. What’s the management structure on the team like? How many __ are on the team?
- Ensure the team structure and management structure are well thought out.
- Ask about how often the team interacts with one another, who to go to for questions and what the ‘hierarchy’ of the team is.
Q: Could you explain what the training as ___ is like?
- Learn everything you can about the onboarding and ongoing training.
- You want to make sure that you’re joining a team and company that are going to invest in making sure you’re successful. You also want to make sure that after you’ve been on-boarded, you’re still provided with training and tools to continue to grow.
Q: How often will I be provided with feedback?
- Establish what the 1:1 and feedback structure will be like with your manager, including performance reviews + criteria.
- Learn whether or not the criteria that you’ll be measured against is clearly defined.
Questions to AVOID during the interview process…
- During the initial interview rounds, it’s best practice to avoid asking questions about salary and compensation. Those questions should typically come during a final interview and an offer call.
- Avoid asking questions with the word ‘culture’ in them. If you ask all the other questions, you’ll be able to understand what the day to day is like in the office
CLOSE THE LOOP + IDENTIFY NEXT STEPS
Question: Now that we’re at the end of the interview, do you have any hesitations in my ability to be successful as a ___? Is there anything else that I can clarify for you?
- Interviewers won’t always answer this question, but they’ll appreciate that you ask it.
- You want to make sure that nothing is left unasked.
Don’t forget to pitch yourself!
- This is your time to shine. Throughout the interview, you should be listening closely to the answers that employers are providing to your questions and the things they’re saying are important to them. This will showcase your active listening skills.
- You want a sales job? You have to make sure that you pitch yourself. This will be how you set yourself apart from other candidates and make the employer remember you.
Question: What are the next steps in the interview process?
- After you’ve pitched yourself and determined that the employer doesn’t have any further questions, ask them what the next steps are.
- This is a way for you to get clear expectations about other steps in the interview process and a potential timeline.
The importance of making it a two-way interview:
- Remember that it’s just as important that you use this time to interview the employer.
- They’re going to be spending a lot of time making sure that you’re a right fit for their team and company, and you want to make sure that you can see yourself having a successful and long career with them.