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Best questions to ask your future boss in a job interview? In general and specifically for someone leaving agency life to go in-house.

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When's the last time you've taken employee feedback and implemented it?

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That's a solid one

Ask what the KPIs are for this role / team / department, who sets them, and if they’re regularly reached or are they stretch goals.

I wish I had asked this prior to joining my current company. Everything is a stretch goal and is regularly missed - which creates a feeling like we’re always scrambling and failing.

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I would ask about the objectives of the team - what are the priorities for the department.
Can you tell me more about the team and how you work together?

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what is your team missing right now that you could benefit from?

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It is always helpful to ask, “What kind of person would not do well in this role?” The manager may give you clues about past missteps and issues without having to name names.

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Any advice on how to ask “why is this a backfill position” aka why did the person in this position leave?

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I’ve literally asked, “can you tell me why the role is open or why the last person left?”

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Questions about company politics and project work flow. Those are the biggest challenges working in house. They either have a work flow they’re proud of, or the manager will stumble which will give you a clue the process is to just cave into whatever a higher up wants that day

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+1 to this question. I was previously an account manager at an in house agency and we were our own worst client.

I like to ask
“What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you first started at this company?”

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Why did you choose this team/company? Or what attracted you?

What surprises you about this company team?

Favorite thing about this company team? And can ask favorite, least favorite, most challenging.

What is in the roadmap? Or what is the most exciting thing/what are you most excited about in this next 12 months.

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What’s the gross and net margin of the firm?
What are the growth targets of the business and how has it done against those in the past few years? Is the business on track this year?
What are the headlines of the business strategy?
How do these relate to the function the role sits in?
Plus most the questions above.

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“Did you watch severance?”

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Thank you all!!!

Ask about general awareness and knowledge of brand and it’s function within the company. Depending on what type of in-house role you’re fulfilling (startup vs in-house agency model), it could be beneficial to educate b/c in many companies, coworkers don’t actually understand that brand is more than a VID lol.

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