Do you have any questions?
August 25, 2011 Leave a comment
A few blog postings around job interviews have come my way recently.
Some questions to ask when asked if you have any questions:
- Why is this position open? Are there any key changes since the last person held the role? – This will give you information about the position, the company and anything that might have taken place upon the absence of the previous employee. It gives you a feel for what role you would be possibly stepping into.
- Why did the last person move on? (wait for answer) Is this a trend over the recent few years? – This puts the ball in your court, shows you are confident and gives you important information about the position you are considering stepping into.
- If I were the person to take this role, how would you like me to perform in the role as compared to the previous person?
- What are the main objectives of this role?
- Of those objectives, what is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?
- How would you describe your management style? (If you are feeling really confident ask: How would your colleagues describe your style of management?)
- Of the people that you’ve seen join the company at my level, can you name a few reasons why they failed?
- Do you think the culture here is similar to X (name rival company)? What are the strengths of this culture?
And a good question to ask if you’re the one doing the interviewing:
- Tell me the last time you made a mistake.
Expect to hear that it was their fault, otherwise they may have a “victim” personality, trying to deflect blame to others for their screw-ups.