Questions You Should Ask a Hiring Manager in Your Next Interview


When a hiring manager asks if you have any questions, you should always ask a few questions. Being prepared with a list of questions shows you are engaged and interested in the job. So the question is, what do you ask? What do you want to know? Here’s a list of great questions to help you turn the tables on your interviewer.  

Question 1: How do you measure success? 

Defining what success looks like before accepting a position is important because it makes employers think about and share how they will evaluate you on a day-to-day basis. If you know what mark you are being measured against, you will be that much more likely to succeed. By asking this question you are showing that it is important to you that you will be meeting the employers needs and addressing their pain points, not just cashing a paycheck. Keep your own measurements in mind when discussing this with your interviewer, because if they don’t have a strong answer, it may mean difficulty pleasing them further down the line.  

Question 2: What personalities work well here? 

Again, this question allows candidates the chance to impress interviewers by showing their understanding of how different personalities mesh in a team environment. Every group is different, of course but understanding and communicating how your personality would fit in with the team will help your prospective employer imagine how you would fit in as well. If you identify a personality clash early on, you can also take steps toward addressing that issue before it becomes a problem. In the business world, it truly takes all sorts to make the leaps that drive success. But identifying any personality-based roadblocks early on will give you a leg up in the early days and impress your hiring manager with your people skills in the interview stage as well.  

Question 3: Who will I work closely with? 

Hiring is often a team effort. Rarely is the success of a candidate fully dependent on their ability to meet the needs of the job in terms of skill and expertise alone. Getting the chance to connect with team members in the hiring stage will also help set the stage for success early in the contract. If you are not able to meet them in person, simply learning about them and their roles will help give you a better understanding of the opportunity and therefore be better able to sell your skills and experience to get the chance to work with these people. 

Question 4: What Is a Typical Day Like on the Job? 

We recommend candidates ask this to get a really good idea of what a job will be like. This helps open the conversation between you and an employer about what the responsibilities of the role are, what the schedule will likely be, how the team culture impacts the day-to-day work environment, and many other issues that really matter at the end of the day. Even if you don’t know what answer you’re looking for, it’s worth exploring what your interviewer thinks the typical day for someone in this role will be. If it’s clear it’s not for you, now is the time you’ll find out. 

Question 5: Do you have any reservations about my qualifications for this role? 

Some might consider this too forward of a question, but it’s actually a great way to convince them of how qualified you are. If there are any questions or hesitations, this question brings them into the light and gives you a fighting chance to address them. Otherwise, you might never even know. 

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