Asking your interviewer questions reveals to them more information about your strength as a potential colleague and employee. That's why when it's your turn to put the person you're speaking with in the spotlight, your best option is to let the flow and points of your discussion inform your questions. However, we all have nerves that can interfere with our ability to be totally present in stressful situations like interviews.
In this case, your next best option is to come prepared with questions. And who better to get questions from than the people doing the hiring? Adweek asked ad and marketing Twitter to share their favorite questions to be asked by interviewees:
QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE TEAM IS LIKE AND HOW YOU WOULD WORK WITH THEM.
- How is remote collaboration affecting the team's ability to communicate and succeed?
- What does your team do to ensure a racially and culturally inclusive and supportive environment?
- Could you describe your management style?
- How would you describe the organizational culture?
- What's something about your team's culture that one might miss from the outside looking in?
- How does company leadership communicate goals to employees?
- If you’re feeling bold -
- When did you most recently make a mistake, and what did you learn from it?
QUESTIONS THAT HIGHLIGHT WHAT YOUR POTENTIAL NEW BOSS CARES ABOUT.
- Could you tell me about the person who did this role best?
- What do you define as remarkable?
- Who is your dream client?
- What do you dislike about the brand?
- What work are you most proud of?
- What's been your most significant pain point or challenge?
- What's a popular industry trend that you don't quite agree with?
- What's the most rewarding part of your role?
QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE HOPING YOU CAN DO FOR THEM.
- If you were in my shoes, how would you approach my first day?
- What is the biggest impact I could have on your work in the first 30/60/90 days?
- If you could snap your fingers to solve one problem this role addresses, what would it be?
- What is the biggest challenge you see me encountering in this role?
QUESTIONS THAT SHOW YOU CARE ABOUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS OF YOU.
- Do you have any hesitations about me filling this role?
- Why is this role available?
- How is performance measured and evaluated?
- What software or systems do you use?
- What was your biggest challenge when starting here?
- What's something about working here that you wish you knew when you started?
- When you feel like you have a great day here, what are those circumstances?
QUESTIONS THAT DEMONSTRATE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN LONG-TERM GROWTH AT THE COMPANY.
- How have you grown in the time you've been here?
- What are you currently learning?
- What drives you to learn?
AND THE QUESTION YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ASK AT THE END THAT RESTATES YOUR INTEREST:
Do you have a timeline and plan for next steps?
JOB INTERVIEWS ARE A TWO-WAY STREET.
It's not just about employers grilling you as a candidate. Interviews are your chance to get a thorough understanding of the job. Additionally, referencing questions such as these as you prepare for your interview can help you hone in on illuminating pieces of information that surface during your conversation.