Interview Due Diligence: What to Ask the Hiring Manager

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How would you describe your company culture? What kinds of people are successful here?

(Translation: Will I fit in with the team? Will I enjoy working here?)

You can have the best skill set in the world but if you don’t mesh well within the organization, it will never work out. Use questions like the ones above to get a better understanding of the company’s values and work style. Also pay attention to your surroundings as you’re led to and from the interview room. Does the office have cubicles or an open-floor layout? What does the break room look like? These little details will clue you into the company culture and help you determine if it’s the right environment for you.

Interviews can be nerve-racking affairs. It’s easy to get so caught up in crafting the perfect responses to your interviewer’s questions that you forget to ask questions of your own.

Remember, an interview is a two-way street. As a candidate, you’re not there to simply answer the hiring manager’s inquiries. It’s important to take a consultative approach and ask questions that help you understand how the company operates, whether the position is a good fit for you and your goals, and if the organization is stable. 

This is even more important if you’re job hunting while employed. No matter how miserable your current position may be, focus on finding the right opportunity rather than simply escaping your current situation.

In this slideshow, Amanda Augustine, the job search expert for TheLadders, has identified questions you can ask to get a deeper understanding of an organization and position yourself as the right candidate for the job.

 

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