Do you dread when an interviewer asks “What questions do you have for me?” While I strongly advocate targeting questions to the opportunity, below are a few back-up questions which are designed to give you additional insight into the company and the role:
1. How have you seen the company change in the past few years?
This question is appropriate for an interviewer who has several years of experience in the organization. It can help reveal the direction the company is going.
2. What would you like to see the person who is selected for this position accomplish in the first six to twelve months?
This question is particularly appropriate for a position that has some ambiguity. It can help provide insight into the priorities of the interviewer as well as the organization.
3. What advice would you give to the individual who is hired into the role?
This question can help reveal the unstated expectations of the role, along with the values of the organization.
4. What do you like about the company culture?
This is a “low ball” question, and can help you learn what makes the organization unique. It can also help provide insight as to whether the company has a strong or weak culture.
Remember, the best questions are the ones that are targeted to the role. That said, these back-up questions can be helpful if you are in a pinch!