The 30 Most Important Interview Questions to Ask This Summer
While many employees are enjoying spending their PTO on vacation in a remote country or hitting the beach, many Americans are on the job hunt. No matter the time of year, recruiters are scouring the web looking for top talent and it is a perfect use of your Summer Fridays to apply to a new gig.
Once you’ve found roles you’re interested in on Glassdoor and clicked apply, it’s time to gear up for the interviews. Review the possible questions that recruiters and hiring managers will ask, but also prepare a list of questions to ask of them. It’s important to spend time figuring out if a company is a right fit for you.
Here’s your interview cheat sheet:
Exploring the Role
Get beyond the basic job description and ask questions that probe deeper into the details of the job, expectations, success metrics and the infrastructure that would support the role.
1. How does this position contribute to the organization’s success?
2. What do you hope I will accomplish in this position?
3. What is the team structure?
4. Can I speak to others on the team or shadow a team member before I proceed?
5. What support would this position have?
Digging Into Company Culture
As much as an interview is about assessing your ability to be a culture fit, it is also about gathering as much information and insight into the company culture. You need to understand whether the company is a fit for your values, passions and interests.
6. What was the department’s biggest challenge last year and what did you learn from it?
7. How much time do the owners/leaders/founders spend in the office?
8. What do people on the team that I’d be joining do for lunch every day?
9. What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?
10. Does the company give back to the community? In what ways?
11. What continuing learning opportunities do you have for your employees?
Salary Structure and Compensation Details
During an interview is the perfect time to ask informed and important questions about compensation. No, it’s not presumptive or rude; in fact, it’s an important factor in your decision-making process.
12. What is the salary range for this role?
13. Besides the base pay, what other benefits are negotiable?
14. What’s the outlook for salary raises or promotions?
15. What metrics do you use to evaluate the success of your employees?
16. Can I get the salary offer in writing?
17. If I don’t choose stock options, would there be an opportunity for higher wage compensation or other benefits?
18. What percentage of the company’s stock do these options make up?
19. What happens to my stock options if the company is acquired?
Health Insurance Essentials
These days, healthcare is a hot topic of conversation. And while no one can predict what will happen on a federal government level, it’s vital to get specifics on the health insurance package offered by your potential employer. This is especially important if you have health challenges, family dependents or are planning to start a family.
20. Does the company offer a HMO or PPO or both?
21. What is the waiting period before the plan kicks in?
22. Do you have a summary of health insurance plans you’re offering?
23. Is there a monthly premium? What about deductibles?
Drill down on the everyday tasks and expectations for the job you’re applying to. These questions are perfect to ask your potential manager or another leader on the team.
24. Tell me about the typical day-to-day of this position.
25. What are the team’s work hours? Are there any specific requirements for time in the office?
26. Do employees control the structure of their goals and tasks?
27. How does management deliver feedback to employees?
From learning labs to formal mentorship programs, get a sense of what the company offers in the way professional growth and development opportunities. After all, if you proceed with this company, you want to know that you have a future there and opportunities to be challenged.
28. Do you have a formal mentorship program or are there mentors available?
29. How have you had the ability to grow in your role?
30. What does “climbing the ladder” look like at this company? Is there a clear path of ascension?
Remember to stay positive throughout the job search and ask as many questions as are necessary for you to get to find a job you love.