‘So, do you have any questions for us?’
As a hiring manager it frustrates me when the candidate politely smiles and says ‘urm… no, not really.’ Cue tumble weed from my side of the table.
This is your opportunity to find out the truth about the role, the organisation and whether working from home is something that is encouraged not frowned upon – errr… hello agile working?
Asking questions shows you are interested and can often make you standout from the other candidates who are not as prepared.
I have grouped the questions into 4: Role, Team/Manager, Culture and Next steps:
- What are the long term objectives for this role?
- Tell me about the biggest challenges this role is currently facing?
- What would you like me to achieve in the first 3 months in this role?
- How does the team react to failure?
- Who will I be reporting too?
- What are the top two traits you need this candidate to have to fit within the team?
- How would you characterise the teams working style?
- How would you characterise the teams communication style?
- What social activities does the organisation get involved in?
- Tell me about the personal development planning for individual employees?
- What Learning and Development courses are available?
- What is different about working here compared to other organisation you have worked at?
- Has the organisation embraced agile working? How often do teams work from home and/or other locations?
- What the next steps?
- Is there anything else I can provide you? Such as further examples of my work?
If you really are clutching at straws, because you have covered all of the above, instead of the ‘Urm… no, not really’ please say something like this:
‘Thank you very much for seeing me today, we have covered the questions I was going to ask and just to confirm the next steps will be receiving a call from your HR manager. (Pause for the interviewer to confirm). I have really enjoyed our meeting today and if there is anything else I can provide, please let me know.’
Comment below, if you have any further questions that could be asked at an interview.