You are nearing the end of an interview where you have been asked a number of questions and now it is your turn to ask a few of your own. While there is no requirement to ask questions, it is always a good idea to do so as it shows interest, preparation and desire to join the team. Having said that, it is important not to smother your potential employer with too many questions, but to rather focus on select few which will provide the greatest insight into what may lie ahead. Please note that there is no salary or benefits talk at this stage as that comes much later once you have actually been offered the job (unless the employer brings it up sooner).
So here are five, somewhat general yet insightful questions that I like to ask and enjoy being asked during interviews. You can use all five, or select two or three you think will suit your needs best. Or better yet, come up with a list of your own that are specific to the company and position you are applying for.
- If I was to be offered the job what do you see as my top contributions and priorities over the first 90 days?
- Could you share some of the qualities of your top performers?
- What opportunities are presently available for further education and professional development?
- What do you see as the greatest values of your organizational culture?
- How would you describe your management style and communication preferences? (if interviewed by potential boss)
Remember, the entire interview process is about demonstrating how YOU can HELP them succeed.