At the end of each interview the hiring manager will always ask: “So, do you have any questions for us?”

It can be frustrating when the candidate politely smiles and says “urm… no, not really.” Cue tumbleweed from my side of the table.  

This is your opportunity to find out the truth about the role, the organisation and whether working from home is something that is encouraged not frowned upon – errr… hello agile working?  

Asking questions shows you are interested and can often make you stand out from the other candidates who perhaps are, not so prepared.   

Here are some questions you can ask.  I have grouped the questions into 4:

  • Role
  • Team/Manager
  • Culture
  • Next steps

Tip: Don’t ask all the questions, pick a few of your favourites, perhaps one from each section.

The Role

  • What are the long-term objectives for this role?
  • Tell me about the biggest challenges this role is currently facing?
  • What would you like me to achieve in the first 3 months in this role?
  • How does the team react to failure?
  • How many direct reports does this role have?

The Team/Manager

  • Who will I be reporting to?
  • What are the top two traits you need this candidate to have to fit within the team?
  • How would you characterise the teams working style?
  • How would you characterise the teams communication style?

The Culture

  • What social activities does the organisation get involved in?
  • Tell me about the personal development planning for individual employees?
  • What Learning and Development courses are available?
  • What is different about working here compared to other organisation you have worked at?
  • Has the organisation embraced agile working? How often do teams work from home and/or other locations?

The Next Steps

  • What are the next steps?
  • Is there anything else I can provide you? Such as further examples of my work?