We’ve discussed some of the questions you should ask at your next interview to find out what life is really like at the company you’re visiting, but you also want to use your Q&A time with a hiring manager to leave them with a positive impression. These questions can help you do just that.
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The folks over at CNN Money suggest you take time to ask the hiring manager about their experiences at the company, and frame it in as possible a light as you can. For example, questions like “With all the growth here, how do you feel the company has changed since you came on board?” and “What do you find most exciting about working here?” will show the interviewer you’re interested in the day-to-day, but you’re also aware of the growth and change happening at any company.
Also, consider asking about the direction of the company, or the department you’re interviewing for. For example, if you’re interviewing for a position in technology, and your hiring manager has explained they’re making a big push into virtualisation and need a candidate who’s interested in that, ask them about their virtualisation goals: “So what percentage of your data centre are you looking to virtualise?” or “Are you looking to virtualisation to simplify maintenance, or save on power?” Questions like these show you’re capable of thinking strategically. You don’t need to use these specific ones, but you get the idea.
The whole list is worth a look, and some of the questions are ones we’ve mentioned before, but it never hurts to leave an interview having left the hiring manager with the impression that you’re already invested in their business and what you’d be doing there as well as having learned as much as you can. Do you have any favourite questions you always ask on an interview? Let’s hear them in the comments.
6 Questions to Ask a Job Interviewer [CNN Money]