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35 Questions to Ask During Your Next Job Interview.

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How would you describe the company culture?

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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.

Written by Rachelle Enns on December 27th, 2020

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35 Questions You Should Ask In An Interview

  • 1. How would you describe the company culture?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on December 27th, 2020

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      "customer is always right"

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  • 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?

                            How to Answer

                            When you understand the pain points of the company, you will always perform better in your interview. The reasoning is because you will more easily draw a correlation between your skills and what the company needs. By doing this, you show that you have immense value, ensuring you stand apart from other candidates. If you don't understand the most significant issues that the company is facing, how can you possibly be the best asset for them?

                            The interviewer may give you an answer such as growing pains, a recent merger, or customer acquisition. Take their response and dig, asking more thoughtful questions such as, 'Which lead generation methods have you used in the past 12 months to attract more customers?'

                            This timing may not be right to offer up suggestions, but this is an excellent time for you to add a comment regarding your value. For instance, "I worked for a lead generation and prospecting company for three years and would be happy to teach your team all the valuable methods that I acquired during that time."

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

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                            You have already familiarized yourself with the company's basics, but have you performed a deep dive into its recent accomplishments? It's a great idea to know a bit about the organizations' innovations and awards before going into your interview. An interviewer is almost always thrilled to talk about the company's happenings and achievements.

                            Show the interviewer that you are aware of what their company has been doing in the past 12-18 months, then ask a follow-up question to gain 'insider information.'

                            For instance, you could say: "I see that your company was recently nominated for the 'Top 100 Companies to Work for in Denver.' Could you share with me another significant moment in your company's history this past year?"

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

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

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                            "I love to help people get problems solved, so when they call in and tell me they were in an accident and I can assist them in getting something fixed is awesome."

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                            "I am innately a people person. I gain so much satisfaction by helping others. I am eager to receive an opportunity where I can let my best qualities shine."

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

                            How to Answer

                            Whenever you ask a question this targeted, there will be a risk of hearing something you don't want to hear. Be sure that you are prepared to accept feedback on your application, your qualifications, or even your interviewing skills.

                            By asking this question, you are asking the interviewer to identify where your application is weak so that you have the opportunity to correct your reply or give a more precise answer on that particular subject.

                            Be sure to thank the interviewer for their feedback and then take some time to overcome their objection. For instance, if the interviewer says they feel that your Excel skills are not strong enough, you could say: "Thank you for that feedback. Perhaps I was more humble regarding my Excel skills than I should have been. I am currently ranked as an intermediate user. I will be enrolling in a three-week online program immediately to raise my skills to meet the expert level your organization expects."

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

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

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                            For interview peak performance, you must know what to expect in the interview process. Knowing what is happening next will help you assess, prepare, and research to succeed in these meetings.

                            The interviewer should give you an overview of who you will be meeting with, along with the estimated timeline between each of these interviews. Some organizations will have just one meeting, and some may have as many as 5+ interviews with different team members. Your experience will depend on the level of position for which you are interviewing.

                            If the process seems far too drawn out to fit in within your ideal timeline, you can say something like this: "Thank you for explaining the interview process to me. By my calculations, we would be in the final stages of interviewing in the next six weeks. Is this correct? I am seeking a role as soon as possible, so if I can accommodate dates closer together, I am happy to give you the flexibility needed to make that happen."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                            Your objective is to gain specific names of the software programs and applications most used in this role.

                            Some companies may include this information in the job posting. If this information is provided to you already, you could say: "I see in the job posting that you are looking for a candidate skilled in PowerPoint and various SAP modules. Could you share with me any other programs or applications that you use for managing workflow and client communication?"

                            If you have experience in programs such as Slack, Basecamp, or Trello, be sure to mention those. A best-case scenario is for the interviewer to give you the names of all programs and apps used in the role so that you can begin to learn them on your own time, shortening your training and onboarding time once hired. This type of initiative is rare and will make you a more competitive candidate.

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

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

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                            "What kind of technical and educational help would be provided to me to succeed in this field?"

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                            This is a great question to ask!

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                        • 28. What is your management style?

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                        • 29. Who does this position report to?

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

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                            Travel and eventual relocation are topics often included in the job posting, but not always. The topic of travel and relocation is more relevant to specific job functions such as sales, business development, client management, or leadership positions.

                            If these factors remain unmentioned in the job posting, you can say: "Could you share with me if there is daytime or overnight travel in this role? Also, I know that your headquarters are in Texas. Will there be the potential need for relocation at any point?"

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

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

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

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

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

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