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What to say when a job interviewer asks “any questions for me?”

So you managed to get through a phone screen, ten resume revisions, and a lot of anxious moments when you were convinced they were ignoring you. Or at least playing hard to get so that you’d be grateful if they ever did offer you an interview.

And now those infamous words have just come out of the mouth of the person who is sitting across the desk from you. And you desperately wish you had something to ask. This is a good time to remember what interviews are really all about. It can be easy to forget that interviews aren’t about you. They’re about your ability to do something for the people interviewing you.

So, here are 10 questions that you may ask the interviewer:

  1. What’s the biggest change your team has gone through in the last year? Does your team feel like things are getting better in the economy and for your business?

  2. If I get the job, how do I earn a “gold star” on my performance review? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?

  3. What’s your (or my future boss’) leadership style?

  4. About which competitor are you most worried?

  5. How does sales / operations / technology / marketing / finance work around here? (i.e. groups other than the one you’re interviewing for.)

  6. What type of people are successful here? What type of people are not?

  7. What’s one thing that’s key to this company’s success that somebody from outside the company wouldn’t know about?

  8. How did you get your start in this industry? Why do you stay?

  9. What keeps you up at night? What’s your biggest worry these days?

  10. What’s the timeline for making a decision on this position? When should I get back in touch with you?

- Author Marc Cenedella



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