Question: "Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?"
Reason: Above all, this question conveys confidence. You're asking the elephant-in-the-room question point-blank and expecting an honest, thoughtful answer. Plus this is a great way to figure out if your strengths align with what is needed for the position.
Question: "What have past employees done to succeed in this position?"
Reason: This helps you get an insider's perspective about how the company lives out its core values. For example, if the answer is this person doubled her expected quota, you know that numbers mean everything. If you hear that the person was a great team player, managed others well, and always did what was best for overall results, not just their own, then you know you're considering a more collaborative environment.
Question: "Who would I be reporting to? Are those people on different teams? What's the office hierarchy?"
Reason: The answer to this question will reveal a lot about how your actual day-to-day work life will go. Who you report to on a regular basis matters a lot, perhaps even more than who your co-workers are. That person will be deciding what's good and what isn't, so find out who that person is and who their manager is before taking a job.
Question: "What is your favorite part about working at this company?"
Reason: This question reveals a lot of about office culture, company values, and the general employee disposition. You want to work with people that are genuinely happy to be working where they're working. Pay close attention to what is said in response to this question and how it is delivered.
Question: "Wher do you see the company in three years, and how would the person in this role contribute to this vision?"
Reason: Peter Harrison, CEO of Snagajob, believes that this question is one of the most important ones a candidate can ask. "Asking this question will show your interviewer that you can think big picture, that you're wanting to stay with the company long-term, and that you want to make a lasting impression in whatever company you end up in."
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