3 Questions The Best Interviewers Always Ask Their Future Boss

Yesterday, you completed the phone interview with Human Resources. Today, you’ve pretty much aced the onsite interview with the boss. And as you near the close, they ask you the one question you’ve been dreading- 

“Do you have any questions for us?”

Now don’t sweat – you’ve prepared for this. Sure, it’s never a bad idea to take this opportunity to inquire about company culture, or about the new acquisition you read about in the paper, or some other headline-worthy recent happening. These are all tried-and-true questions that help you to understand a bit more about the company and expectations of your prospective job responsibilities.

But why stick to tried-and-true? 

Why not use this as an opportunity to conduct an interview of your own?

It’s rare for job seekers to pay attention to a future boss’s personality and methodology; however, a disparaging or insecure boss can prevent you from getting ahead. As we see in the digital space, the value of a good manager is on the rise, with more and more processes becoming automated. Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time getting to know - and working with - this person, so making the most of this opportunity is critical. (You might even spend more time with your boss than your S.O.) 

A pleasant, progressive-thinking manager can help you not only perform your present job well, but assist you in procuring promotions, raises, and better opportunities. That’s the type of boss you can only hope you find yourself sitting across from on interview day.

As digital recruiters who have been around for over 20 years, we’ve compiled a great deal of feedback and intel on our candidate interviews. And to be frank, most applicants are focused on selling themselves and not vetting their direct reports. It might not be a problem or an epidemic per se, but more of a chance for you to stand out from the pack.

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