24 Jun 2014
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The five top questions to ask in an interview

Thomas BreathnachThomas Breathnach

“How about you, do you have any questions for us?”

LinkedIn contributor and Inc.com writer Jeff Haden has been looking at some of the best q’s to ask your interviewer – you might want to use some before they go viral.

1. “What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?”

Here’s one to immediately set out your stall. After all, great candidates want to hit the ground running. Asking your interviewer for a suggested work goal not only makes you seem eager, but it will have your employer seeing you as a prospective employee in far more tangible light.

2. “What are the common attributes of your top performers?”

Putting the ball in the interviewer’s park by asking for a list of their desired candidate’s key qualities is an excellent hiring strategy. If you’ve not displayed these various strengths so far in the interview, this makes for a great opportunity to reaffirm to your interview that you’ve got what they’re looking for. Plus, you can then use that great Bill Murray line from Groundhog Day: “me, me, me!”.

3. “What are the one or two things that really drive results for the company?”

Employees are investments and it’s keystone to your own hiring prospects that you prove you’re worth your employer’s dough. By getting your employer to identify their driving force you can highlight how you feel you can make a difference in that field, be it as dynamic marketing member or leading your company to a Shangri-la of end of year sales.

4. “How you plan to deal with…?”

Every company faces challenges; be it rival competitors, securing funding, implementing dress down Friday guidelines. Asking a forward-looking question like the above signposts that you are not only familiar with your potential employer and their work climate but it also earmarks you as part of the solution.

5. “What do employees do in their spare time?”

This is a peach of question, and ideal armoury for those coming to Ireland in search of a new job. Asking about the workplace environment “afterhours” offers you and your interviewer a lighter exchange and provides more of a personal insight into both parties – away from the tech-talk and monthly goals. Does, for example, the startup have a five-a-side soccer team? Or is there team happy hour every Friday night? Whatever the answer, the exchange will have you and your interviewers imagining how you might fit into the social fabric of the company’s workplace. You may be buying your first round sooner than you think.

For more tips, you can read Haden’s full article here.