The interviewing process is not just for employers to gauge if you are the right candidate it’s a great opportunity for you to find out if this is a good fit for YOU. Asking questions during the interview also lets the employer know that you are genuinely interested in the job and you have done your homework.
While you might not have time to ask all 7 questions it is important to ask at least 3 or 4 questions. Then after the interview, take the time to reflect on the answers the potential employer gave you.
1. What are you seeking in the ideal candidate for this position?
This question will give you an insight on what the key needs are for the position. Many times the employer will give you information that is not in the written job description. Use the information you get from this question to draft your thank you note.
2. How would you describe your/hiring manager’s management style?
This will give you an insight on the personality of the hiring manager and you can decide if you are going to be a good fit for them.
3. What are the top 3 projects that I would be working on?
Many times the job description may not reflect all the tasks of the job. This question will give you an insight of what tasks or projects are important to the hiring manager.
4. What is the company’s value proposition?
This gives you a great insight as to why customers do business with the company. It also gives you a snipet of the culture of the organization.
5. How did this position become available
This is a “nosey” question but it is important. If the last person left because they got promoted then that is good news but if the person left abruptly it might be a red flag and a follow up question later during the interview process might be necessary.
6. What do you enjoy most about your work?
This is a chance for the interviewer to give you a personal observation about their job and the company
7. What is the next step in the process?
Ask this question last. It will give you a clue as to when you should expect to hear from the employer and you can use this information to decide how fast you need to get the Thank You note out.