Ask Away!

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When ever you have an interview you have to keep in mind that is not only about the company asking you questions and you responding to them. You have to keep in mind that you are there also to figure out if that position and the company are a good fit for you.

It is accustomed for interviewees to ask you if you have any questions when they already have all the information they need from you, so don’t be shy and have some questions in mind before you get there.

Here are some ideas of questions you might want to consider!

About the Job

What does a typical day look like?
What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
What types of skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?

About the Company (Always research the company you are going to!)

I’ve read about the company’s founding, but can you tell me more about…?
What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
What’s your favorite office tradition?
What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
How has the company changed since you joined?

About the Team

Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Who will I work with most closely?
Who will I report to directly?
Which other departments work most closely with this one?
What are the common career paths in this department?
What’s the company and team culture like?
How would you describe the work environment here—is the work typically collaborative or more independent?

About Next Steps

What are the next steps in the interview process?
Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
Can I answer any final questions for you?

Finally, it never hurts to send a follow-up email the next day thanking them for their time to meet with you!

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