They answered their questions during the interview. Now it’s your turn.
Even if your questions have been answered along the way, it’s usually best to ask another before you leave so the hiring managers can gauge your interest.
If you tend to exhaust your list of questions before the interview is over, don’t worry. FOX Business asked careers professionals and HR professionals about their favorite interview questions on the job applicant page.
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Here are 10 questions to tuck away in case your head ever goes blank.
How is the work culture here?
“Ask employers to describe the work culture to determine whether or not the environment is toxic,” said Corey Ashton Walters, the founder and CEO of Here – a Miami-based vacation rental investment marketplace.
“Read their body language and eye contact – if they can’t confidently answer the question and lose focus or redirect the conversation, that’s a big sign the office culture isn’t great and will get a result.” [you] looking for new opportunities in their first six months,” continued Walters. “It may be best to look elsewhere for employment if they cannot communicate how the company respects and values their team members.”
What skills are required to be considered a good new hire?
“This essential question can ultimately prepare any applicant for the next round of interviews and highlight their past experience with these skills,” said Jodi Neuhauser, co-founder and CEO of Ovaterra – a New York-based nutritional supplement company.
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“In addition, the candidate gets a better feeling for what everyday life looks like,” Neuhauser continues. “This question not only helps the applicant [uncover skills for success]but [it] also shows the recruiter that the candidate is committed and passionate about the job.”
Why did you join the team?
“If the person you are interviewing has been with the company for several years, ask what has kept them there. If she’s new, ask why she joined,” said Leslie Tarnacki, senior vice president of human resources at WorkForce Software – a recruitment and workforce management technology company based in Livonia, Michigan.
Tarnacki explained that you should also ask follow-up questions as it shows that you care and are listening during the interview.
She continued, “Make it personal and pay attention to what responses they give — whether they feel canned or authentic can be a good indicator of that person’s satisfaction with the company.”
What will be the biggest challenge I will face in this job role?
“Jobs are rarely a breeze,” said Ed Samuel, executive career and life coach at SamNova. Inc. – a career advice and resume service based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
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“Most will have one or two areas that aren’t easy,” continued Samuel. “By asking this question, the candidate can explore why and dig deeper and get a better sense of what is expected of the role.”
How successful is it after six months?
“This is a great question to ask at the end of interviews as it suggests that you are a candidate who sets goals and then achieves them,” said Flynn Zaiger, CEO of Online Optimism – a creative agency for digital marketing and advertising that operates in New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington, DC
“It’s also a little psychological trick to get them to tie your interview to what success for the position might look like,” he added. “If you get the job and achieve all of those things in the first six months, it’s helpful to negotiate a raise that normally wouldn’t have been possible in the first year.”
Can I get business cards on the first day?
“I love that question [because] it shows interest, gets a little more information about the company]and is unique,” Zaiger said.
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“It’s a small way for respondents to see how organized your new employer might be,” Zaiger continued. “The most organized company will have business cards ready for you on day one, or at least give you merchandise for new hires beforehand, while a disorganized company will bring them to you eventually.”
How did your company deal with COVID-19?
“It’s been two years, but if you’re interested in seeing how companies handle the unexpected, you can see what their team did for COVID-19 to learn how a company handles surprises,” said Zaiger.
He continued, “Your answer can also tell you if an interviewer’s perspective differs from what you may have seen on the social media of the organization where they are promoting that they are ’employees first.'”
What is your company doing to ensure team camaraderie in a remote/hybrid model?
“Remote work is up 420% since January 2020,” said Brad Hill, division president of digital at SkillGigs, Inc. — a Houston-based talent marketplace. “This question correlates strongly with today’s job market and can answer many questions ahead of time for the job seeker.”
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“In today’s job market, job candidates interview as often as the hiring manager,” Hill continued. “This is an opportunity for job seekers to validate what makes a good job for them. It’s a two-way relationship.”
How long will my pre-boarding activities last?
“Traditionally, this has referred to all the necessary paperwork, technology, and office facilities that you expect to have before day one,” said Christen Steele, recruitment consultant at Yello — a Chicago-based talent acquisition software company.
According to Steele, a 2020 LinkedIn survey found that 80% of workers struggle with work-related anxiety while waiting to start a new job.
“That’s why the employer has to include pre-boarding activities for you,” she explained. “The employer has the opportunity to set the tone and show you their company culture before they offer you a job.”
Are there any outstanding mentoring programs or corporate culture activities?
“Employers should create a positive onboarding experience that demonstrates authenticity and culture from day one,” Steele said.
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“This can include first-day lunches with managers or team members, virtual coffee calls, and welcome messages via Slack,” she continued. “Their goal here is to build connections and show how they intend to align work practices with company values.”