So you nailed the interview and then the very last, best question hits.
“Do you have any questions for me?”
First of all, the worst thing you can say is “Nope! I think that’s it!”
So what should you ask?
Going into an interview you should already have a good idea of what you want in a work environment and where you work best. That being said, it is important to ask thoughtful, insightful questions. Consider it an interview for both parties and an opportunity for you to shine.
1. What do you do to encourage creativity in your team?
If you are a creative like me, it is important to have a boss/supervisor/mentor that understands how creatives work. They are different than your typical entrepreneur. They’re definitely not accountants and should not be treated as such.
2. Would you consider this work environment to be collaborative or independent?
This is where it becomes important to know exactly what you want in a job. Do you want to be able to bounce ideas off of other people or would you rather come up with the magic on your own?
3. How do you keep your team focused?
Hiring managers obviously aren’t going to tell you if they intimidate their team to get shit done. But you can definitely tell if they are trying to intimidate YOU when answering the question.
4. As a manager, do you believe it is important to focus on strengths or strengthen weaknesses?
This will give a lot of insight into the kind of manager they are and this the kind of work environment you should expect. It comes down to focus and what you are hired to do. You should be hired for your strengths but in many cases, you may be expected to focus more energy on things you aren’t good at so they can make sure they made a well rounded investment in you.
So lets just bring it home with some of the not so great questions to ask in an interview.
AVOID questions like:
- What is a typical day like in this position?
- What do you love most about your job?
- What are the best and worst things about the job?
- What does the salary package look like?