Last week we talked about The Top 14 Interview Questions You MUST Ask Candidates for our hiring managers. This week it’s time to learn the Ultimate Guide on Questions You MUST Ask a Hiring Manager for those looking for a job. Whether you’re looking for your first job or are a seasoned professional, a positive impression during the interview is key to getting an offer.
When you ask a hiring manager insightful questions during a job interview, you demonstrate your professionalism, thoughtfulness, and commitment. Unfortunately, many candidates trail off when it comes to questions to ask a hiring manager.
We want you to end the interview in a powerful and impactful way. Here are some questions to ask a hiring manager and inspire your own brainstorming session:
1. What has the position been like in the past?
This is an important question to ask a hiring manage in an interview because if you are offered the job, you will have to work in the environment affected and shaped by your predecessor.
Perhaps this opening was recently created to support company growth. If that is the case, ask a follow-up question about who owned the responsibilities up to this point, and how the duties will be transitioned.
If you are interviewing for a position left vacant by someone’s departure, get a sense for what happened. Why did the predecessor leave the job? Was he or she promoted or internally transferred? If the predecessor left the company, ask about the circumstances.
On the same note, it is usually fair game to clarify whether the company is considering internal candidates for the position.
2. What would you want to see the person you hire accomplish in the first 3, 6, 9 months?
All too often, job descriptions present routine tasks and responsibilities. Asking about specific expectations and accomplishments can allow you to tailor the conversation to demonstrate your fit for the position. It also shows your commitment to adding value.
3. How would you measure accomplishments, and what could I do to exceed your expectations?
I like this question because it addresses expectations in concrete terms. Beyond stock descriptions of good communication and analytical skills, what does excellence look like for that position?
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