Can I Ask You a Question?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

You given thought to how you'll answer this question from the hiring manager, "Do you have any questions for us?"

You have an interview scheduled for your Dream Job - you've updated and polished your resume, your references are lined up, you've chosen what you're going to wear, and you feel confident about your performance.

But have you given thought to how you'll answer this question from the hiring manager, "Do you have any questions for us?"

Now is your chance to make a great final impression and seal the deal!

By the time you reach the hiring manager, in most cases, in most midsize to large organizations, your skills already have been identified. The company knows you can do the job. What the hiring manager wants to know now is how you approach work and how you will interact with others.

Your objective is to keep yourself ranked high in consideration for the position; asking questions about the company culture is a great way to demonstrate an interest in the organization. The company cannot always distinguish those who are really interested from those who just need a new job. Let the hiring manager know you are genuine in your interest by asking questions like these:

· Would you please describe the company's strengths and weaknesses?

· Is there anything you'd change about the company if you could?

· How would you describe the company culture?

· What can you tell me about the employees who work here?

· How does the company promote and support company growth?

Asking pointed questions about the company you hope to work for will be appreciated by the management. You'll prove that you seek more than a paycheck; you're investing yourself in their success. You'll also learn if the company culture is a fit for you. Do any of the answers from the hiring manager raise red flags? If the manager glosses over the questions, they may not know the answers or may not care.

Of course, before the interview, you did your due diligence and researched the company and the position. But if by the end of the interview, you have questions about the job, you can ask questions like these:

· Which specific skills are necessary to succeed in this job?

· What does success look like?

· What do the first 90 days look like?

· What are the long-term objectives of this job?

· Are there specific problems or challenges an employee would face in this position?

You know you are the right candidate for the position – They know you have the skills to succeed – Asking questions about the company and the position will set you apart from candidates who only think to ask about benefits.

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