Don't ask throwaway questions in your job interview. Show that you're a great candidate by asking hard questions that show employers that you're carefully evaluating their company-- and whether working with them is the right thing for you. Demonstrating that you're thoughtful, intentional, and genuinely interested in the company is a great way to both impress interviewers, and learn whether this company really is the best place for you. Here are five questions to knock the socks off your interviewers.
What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?
This shows that you're ready to hit the ground running instead of spending weeks or months "getting to know the organization." It shows that you're ready to make a difference immediately.
What are the common attributes of your top performers?
Great candidates demonstrate a desire to be great long-term employees. Every organization is different, and so are the key qualities of top performers in those organizations. Show that you want to know who succeeds in your organization, because 1) you'll learn if you fit and 2) you'll know if you'll be a top performer.
What are a few things that really drive results for the company?
In every job some activities make a bigger difference than others. Great candidates want to know what truly makes a difference-- because helping the company succeed means they succeed as well.
What do employees do in their spare time?
Happy employees 1) like what they do and 2) like the people they work with. Before you accept a job, make sure you have a reasonable chance of fitting in.
How do you plan to deal with...?
Every business faces a major challenge: technological changes, competitors entering the market, shifting economic trends, and so on. While a company may be a stepping-stone, chances are you're still hoping for growth and advancement... and if you do eventually leave, you'd prefer to go on your own terms rather than because the company folded. Show that you want to know what companies plan to do in adversity--and how you will fit into those plans.