What questions should you ask your interviewer

February 9, 2017 3 mins read
What questions should you ask your interviewer

Your interviewer asks you, "Do you have anything you'd like to ask me?" You say, "Yes". Asking questions demonstrates that you are truly interested in the position.

However, you should choose your questions carefully, based on the status of the person who's interviewing you. Below is a series of questions that have been adapted to suit certain kinds of interviewers.

1. Your future boss

They are the person in the company with the clearest understanding of the position and its requirements. You should directly ask them specific questions about the job: what kind of duties it entails, what aspects are most challenging, etc. You can also ask them what kind of person they are looking for.

2. Some questions that you can ask a future boss:

What is the most important skill for this position?
What kind of prospects does someone in this position have within the company?
 
3. High-level management: Industry expert

Someone in a high-level management position is likely to have an excellent understanding of development trends within the industry. If you may potentially be working with a high-level manager, you may ask them specific questions about the job.

However, your questions should place a greater emphasis on the development prospects of the company and the industry as a whole. This is a good opportunity to show off your knowledge about the industry.

4. Some questions you may ask a high-level manager:

What kind of changes do you think will occur in this industry within the next five years?
What advantages do you think this company has in comparison with its competitors?
 
5. Colleague: Someone who tells it like it is

Sometimes, one of your interviewers may be a potential colleague. This kind of interviewer is the most likely to tell it like it is. That is to say that a potential colleague is probably going to give you the most candid low-down about the job, its challenges, and the work environment. However, don't expect to hear inside information, and don't ask.

6. Some questions you may ask a potential colleague:

What do you think the work environment is like in this company?
What is the most interesting part of your job? What is the most challenging part?
 
7. Recruitment employee: A person with an overall understanding

The job of a recruitment employee is to determine which candidates are the strongest, and to give some guidance to those candidates as they traverse the recruitment process. It is best to view these people as having an overall understanding of the job.

They can give you a general low-down on the entire company as well as the department in which the job is situated. (So save those specific questions about the details of the job for when you meet our future boss.) Recruitment staffs are usually the best at responding to questions about the recruitment procedure.

8. Some questions you can ask a recruitment employee:

How would you describe this company's corporate culture?
Can you please tell me more about the recruitment procedure?

Alan Li's picture
Operations Director, Greater China
ali@morganmckinley.com