As has been demonstrated, truly insightful questions can help you make up your mind about the potential employer. These questions display ambitious traits, alert you to potential issues, and give the interviewer more confidence to make a positive decision on you.
In the last of this series, we will look at some generic questions and introduce a few project-specific questions.
- What accomplishments is this team/department most proud of?This is an excellent way to get the interviewer to open up about the company, the team, or the department. Look for enthusiasm from the interviewer; blank stares are not a good sign.
- Where do you see the company in 3, 5, or 10 years?This will help you see what the long-term prospects are with the company and whether they have a great go-to market plan, whether they fly by the seat of their pants, or whether they are clueless.
- What are your most successful people doing?This question will identify whether they have successful people, what they do, and if this is a career path for you.
- What are the prospects of this organization being acquired?This is one of those questions that requires your full attention. Save it for the most senior staff involved in the interview process. Lower level interviewers will frequently not know the answer to this question.However, top-level management may have real insight to the likelihood of this occurring. The key here is to watch them very closely. Evasive answers accompanied by touching of the face or hair likely means that they know the answer, but do not wish to tell you. That will let you know where you are actively, or soon to be in the market. They might also tell you the full plan to be acquired. Mergers and acquisitions can be fraught times for the staff. Depending on your level and whether they provide stock options, acquisitions can be lucrative.
- How long have you worked here?The answer to this will give you an insight as to whether the person really knows the company well over a long term basis. If they are newcomers like yourself, do some extra digging; is this an entirely new team? If so, why?
- How does this positions help your department achieve its goal?This will show you how the role fits into the department, and whether this is a key, support, worker bee role, or any other variation. It may also demonstrate how important this role is to the depart of the project.
- What stage or phase of the project are you at?This can apply to many industries – but not all.
Dependent on your skills, most people are looking to join a project at the beginning and see it through. Your skills may mean that you do not usually join a project until midway through. That is all for you to decide. The key here is, if you would normally join in at the start, why are they looking for someone during this phase? If this is the case, dig deeper.
- Do you see yourself retiring here?This is one of the only questions that is not posed as an open question – open questions were discussed in Part 1 of this series. This is a straight yes or no question. If yes, it says that this is probably a great place to work long term. If no, you will want to find out why; either answer could be good or bad.
- What is the company culture like?Another excellent question that will help you make up your mind. Some companies are very uptight, others are more formal and more are very relaxed. Dependent on your own personality, you may suit one better than another may.
- What else can we discuss that would help you make up your mind about me?The answer to this could be practically anything. However, the question shows the Interviewer you are genuinely interested in the job and open to discussing all topics to help put you in a better light.
Over the course of the last three weeks we discussed 30 different questions an Interviewee could ask an Interviewer. This should provide you with a battleship or arsenal, should the opportunity present itself.
However, if none of these suit you, feel free to give Global Healthcare IT, Inc. a call at 562 508 4040, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your predicament.
Our upcoming series, “Job Interview Advice: Great Questions to Ask a Candidate” will also be a weekly set of questions answered over the course of three weeks. Keep up to date with us by coming back!