When preparing for an interview, it’s important to ask thoughtful questions to the hiring team. Here are some suggestions to help you gain insight into the company, the role, and the overall fit.

June 28, 2023

Best Questions to Ask the Hiring Team

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If there’s enough time at the end of an interview, you’ll likely be asked if you have any questions to ask the hiring team. It’s disheartening when the candidate says “Nope! You’ve answered everything!” We know that’s just simply not true. We love it when a candidate demonstrates their genuine interest in the company and the role. One effective way to accomplish this is by asking thoughtful questions during the interview. Not only does this show your engagement, but it also provides you with valuable insights into the company culture, the position, and your potential fit within the organization. I’ve compiled 15 questions to ask the hiring team for you to help you make a lasting impression on them.

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Can you tell me more about the company culture and values?

Understanding the company’s culture and values is crucial for assessing if it aligns with your own principles and work style. Be cautious with this one – we get asked about culture all the time. It’s helpful to know what you’re getting at with the “culture” piece.

What are the key responsibilities and expectations of this role?

If it wasn’t made abundantly clear by the job description and the conversation by this point, make sure you get answers. By gaining clarity on the core responsibilities and expectations, you can evaluate if the role matches your skills and interests.

How does this position contribute to the company’s long-term goals?

Understanding the broader impact of the role within the company will give you a sense of purpose and motivation. If there is waffling from the interviewer with their answer, that could be a red flag especially if you’re someone who likes to align individual goals to business goals. like me.

What opportunities for professional development and growth are available within the company?

Knowing the potential avenues for growth and development can help you envision a long-term career with the organization. Is there a budget set aside for opportunities? Is it on the employee to research and request training or does the department have a standard approach to developing their associates? If you find the team doesn’t have an established practice, take a peak at my Employee Development Essentials Kit to help encourage individual growth!

How would you describe the team dynamics and collaboration within the department?

Understanding the team dynamics can help you assess your compatibility and potential for collaboration with colleagues. Ask to go out to lunch with future teammates. It could be a telling experience.

Can you provide some examples of projects or initiatives I would be working on in this role?

Getting insights into the specific projects and initiatives allow you to gauge the level of responsibility and the kind of work you’ll be engaged in. In fact, this question might be great at the BEGINNING of your interview to help you tailor your responses around their upcoming expectations.

How does the company support work-life balance and employee well-being?

Knowing how the company prioritizes work-life balance and employee well-being is crucial for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling work environment. Here is where topics like flexible start and end times come up or “mental break days”. If these are deal breakers to you, you’ll want to dig in.

What is the management style like within the organization?

Although leaders’ management styles can vary from person to person, there is usually a general accepted method of managing others. Understanding the management style can provide you with insights into how decisions are made, how feedback is given, and how employees are supported.

How do you measure success in this role?

Performance management can be a big deal to some. Understanding how success is defined and measured in the position can help you set realistic expectations and goals for yourself.

Can you walk me through the onboarding process for new hires?

Learning about the onboarding process gives you an idea of how the company supports new employees in their integration. Ask how long their onboarding program will be or if they have an onboarding mentor outside of your boss. Another topic to cover, is if they have a temporary period you need to “pass” before you become an “insider”.

What challenges or opportunities do you foresee in the industry/company that this role would be involved in?

Asking about challenges and opportunities demonstrates your interest in the industry and your willingness to contribute to the company’s success. Bonus points if you bring up a challenge you’ve researched already and ask how it affects the organization.

How does the company foster diversity, equity and inclusion?

Is there a dedicated team? Is it all on HR? Does everyone have a responsibility to this initiative? Are there Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to bring awareness and change where needed? Understanding the company’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is essential for ensuring an inclusive and supportive work environment.

What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

You need to know the potential career path within the organization. This will help you assess any growth opportunities aligned with your long-term goals. Another way of asking about this is “Can you share where the predecessor to this role elevated to? And is that typical of this position?”

Can you share any recent achievements or milestones the company has reached?

This question shows that you’ve done your research and allows the hiring team to highlight the company’s recent successes. It also opens the door to discuss overarching missions or initiatives. I’ve been a part of companies who not only have financial goals broadcasted, but HR initiatives as well.

Is there anything specific you’re looking for in a candidate that we haven’t discussed?

This open-ended question gives the hiring team an opportunity to share any additional information they find important and it also showcases your eagerness to meet their expectations. Another similar favorite of mine is “Is there anything about my skills or my experiences that you need clarification? Anything that may caution you on moving forward?” It may be bold, but really drives home the point of you wanting the position and wanting to provide a full picture.

Asking insightful questions during a job interview is a valuable opportunity to gather important information and make a positive impression on the hiring team. When you demonstrate genuine interest, align your goals with the company’s objectives and understand the expectations of the role, you’re better equipped to make an informed decision if an offer is extended to you. Remember, tailor your questions based on your research and information provided during the interview. This shows your enthusiasm and engagement throughout the process. What are some other questions to ask the hiring team? List them in the comments below!

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