Before your interview, make sure you conduct research on the company and thoroughly review the job description for any clarification you may need on the position. Asking intelligent questions demonstrates to the interviewer your level of interest in their company, and the position.
If for some reason, you are unprepared for the interview, you may need to think of questions off the top of your head. Ask questions regarding company culture, traits they are looking for in the ideal candidate, and if there is anything not listed in the job description that this position will be in charge of. Typically, pay is not discussed during first interviews, so avoid asking any compensation related questions if you are not well into the interview process.
"I have a couple of questions so thank you for asking. What type of pain points is your restaurant currently experiencing? Also, what is the last successful practice your team implemented?"
"Here are some sample questions:
- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not move me to the next stage of interviews?"
"Thank you for asking! I do have a couple of questions. First, is this a newly created position or a replacement? Second, what is the timeframe you have in mind for filling this role? And lastly, is there any reason why you would not hire me for this position?"