10 Best Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager in an Interview

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Best Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager in an Interview

10 Best Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager in an Interview

Last week we covered tough interview questions and how to answer them.

Now we will talk about the questions to ask in an interview.

To prepare for a job interview, first look at the company website and the job description. Next go to LinkedIn and review the background of your interviewer. After that, research salary bands for the position. Then, start listing your skills and experience. Compare these skills to the job description, consider how you might add value to the company. The research will help you perform well in the interview.

Your goal is to stand out to the hiring manager and help them understand you. You also want to make sure the role and the company are a good fit for you.

One way to demonstrate your interest, make a good impression, and further your understanding is to ask powerful questions. At the end of the interview you will be asked for questions. This is your opportunity!

First step is to create a list of different types of questions. You won’t know what you will want to ask, until you see how the interview goes.

Second, accept that interviews take different directions. Hiring managers have a wide range of styles. There are many common interview questions. Think about what you need to know. Also, where you would like to move the conversation.

Below are examples of questions to ask.

Clarifications from the interview conversation

Here is your chance to learn more. It is also your chance to clarify or add to an answer.

  1. You mentioned opportunities to XXXX within the department. Can you tell me more about these opportunities
  2. I have been thinking about a question you asked about XXX. I would like to add to my earlier answer.
  3. You mentioned professional development. Can you tell me more about that.

Day to day responsibilities of the job

With these questions you can go beyond the job description

  1. Please tell me more about a typical day within the department
  2. What do you see as the key responsibilities of this role?
  3. If I do a good job in this role, what will I have accomplished in 6 months?

Company culture and management style

  1. How would you describe the company culture?
  2. How would you describe the team dynamics?
  3. What is the work life balance?

Industry and competition

Note: In preparation you will have done research on this topic.

  1. Who do you consider to be your closest competitor?
  2. Where do you feel you have a competitive advantage?

Information about the interviewer

  1. Why did you join the company?
  2. What have you liked most about working here?
  3. What has been your biggest challenge?
  4. Can you tell me more about your career path?

Next steps and follow up

I am very interested in this position.

  1. What will be the next steps?
  2. What is the expected time to fill the role?
  3. When should I expect to hear back?
  4. Is there any additional information you would like to receive from me?

A few final notes.

  • In a first interview, you may be asked about salary. Do not bring up salary unless the topic is introduced by the interviewer
  • Ask for the interviewer’s card. You will need contact information to send a thank you email after the meeting. Additionally you may want to reach out as a follow up.

Good luck and enjoy exploring your opportunities! Contact us if you have more questions or would like to discuss your job search. We look forward to speaking with you!

About the Author

Debbie Matson is a Career Coach, Recruiter and Founder of CareerAmplify. She has an MBA from Cornell University and is a certified Executive Coach trained at Columbia University Teachers College. Her passion is empowering students moving from academics to full-time employment, and helping people at all stages of their careers find the next great job.

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