I will be interviewing this morning with 2 Vice Presidents today for an industry role. Hiring manager wants me but it’s policy to interview with the VPs. What are great questions I can ask them?

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At the same time or separate? Think like a VP: what long term goals are they working towards? What direction are they trying to take the company? What will look different in the next 3 months and the next 9?

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Don’t just ask the typical questions like “what are long term goals”. Ask something specific to them. Interviewers tend to move forward with people they can resonate with so you want to find common ground. The question I always ask is “what is your favorite memory with company X?” Its original, gets you great insight on culture, and its easy for you to follow up/ continue a conversation off of. Another one is “how has your perception of company X changed since joining?” This one is prime to find common ground because you can simply respond “im happy to hear you value Y at company X, its part of the reason Im so excited for this opportunity etc etc”. The point being, make sure you weave in a personal element somewhere. As I said before, people tend to pick the candidate they establish a connection with and questions aimed at their experiences are a very good way to do it.

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What is your definition of success for this role?

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BDA1 that is absolutely false. It is essential to know what is expected of you by all your stakeholders - aligning from day one on what “good” looks like is a way to help prevent very painful miscommunication down the line. Of course, there are other questions to ask, too - but this one is perfectly valid.

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A question which puts them on the spot is to ask "If you could change one thing about the company what would it be?". If they are VP I would expect a comment on the long-term strategy of the business.

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One of my faves, since it often produces insightful answers: If you had budget to staff one role on your team that doesn’t exist yet, what role would that be?

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All the best for your interviews. Sending good vibes and I’m sure you prepared well and shall come out with flying colors.

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