Questions to Ask in an Interview

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How would you describe the company culture?

Finding the right 'fit' for yourself is just as important as the interviewer finding the right 'fit' for themselves. Although you may urgently need a new position, it's always best to take a deeper dive into the company to ensure they will offer you the workplace environment that you need.

Here are the most common types of company cultures and an example of what to look for:

1. Leadership Driven: This type of company will invest in its leaders and offer you coaching and mentorship opportunities. They will also focus on developing you as a leader in your role, whether through empowerment, growth opportunities, or giving you a team of your own to lead down the road.

2. Mission Driven: A mission-driven company will hire employees based on how passionate they are for their cause. This type of organization is usually a collaborative environment often found in faith-based companies or startups. Be aware that sometimes boundaries can be forgotten in a mission-driven environment as the leadership team will often act as though the mission is more important than anything else.

3. Customer Driven: Many companies have a 'customer is always right' attitude. This attitude can be excellent but make sure to ask questions related to how they empower their employees in times of customer-related conflict. You want to ensure that your company will stand behind you while supporting a customer-centric environment. There needs to be a healthy balance.

4. Target Driven: Companies that are sales or target driven tend to attach everything their employees do to a destination, number, or goal. You will most likely enjoy this type of workplace culture if you have a competitive personality. If you are not competitive, you should ask more questions regarding how your performance and successes will be measured. Also, do a deeper dive into how you would be rewarded for successes and what happens when targets are not met.

You may find that the company you are interviewing with has a blend of these cultures. Digging into employee review sites will be an excellent resource for finding out what past and current employees think about the workplace culture.

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35 Questions You Should Ask In An Interview

  • 1. How would you describe the company culture?

  • 2. What is your favorite part of working here?

  • 3. What is the most important quality to possess in this role?

  • 4. What is your ideal timeline for this hiring decision?

  • 5. Could you share with me the average employee tenure in this role, and in your company as a whole?

  • 6. What does an average day look like, in this role?

  • 7. In your opinion, how can I best succeed in this role?

  • 8. What would you like to see from me in the first 30 days?

  • 9. Can you share with me a bit about the training schedule and process?

  • 10. Is this a replacement search, or a newly created position?

  • 11. What is the most exciting goal for this company in the next year?

  • 12. Who are your top competitors, and how do you stand apart?

  • 13. What is this company's biggest struggle right now?

  • 14. What has been the company's most significant innovation this year?

  • 15. Could you explain to me the typical career path of someone in this role?

  • 16. How do you feel I stand out from your other candidates?

  • 17. How can I begin to prepare myself for success in this position?

  • 18. Is there anything about my background that I can further clarify for you?

  • 19. What are the next steps in your interview process?

  • 20. What is the most critical function in this position?

  • 21. How do you set clear goals and targets for your employees?

  • 22. How often do you have performance reviews, or offer feedback to your employees?

  • 23. How would you measure my success in this role?

  • 24. Are there set hours for this position, or is the workday flexible? (Remote Position)

  • 25. Which programs do you use to manage workflow and communication?

  • 26. How do you encourage continued learning opportunities and professional development?

  • 27. Which tools and resources would be provided to me, to ensure my success?

  • 28. What is your management style?

  • 29. Who does this position report to?

  • 30. Are there any expectations related to overnight travel or eventual relocation?

  • 31. Are there any in-office expectations, such as face-to-face meetings? Are there any travel expectations for this position? (Remote Position)

  • 32. What percentage of my day will entail video calls and client interaction? (Remote Position)

  • 33. What supports do you have in place for remote employees? (Remote Position)

  • 34. How does the company encourage team building and connection across a remote workforce? (Remote Position)

  • 35. What type of growth opportunities are available for remote employees? (Remote Position)