What are your go-to questions to ask in an interview when you're the job seeker?

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- what makes someone successful on this team?
- can you give me examples of current projects you are working on?
- what are your goals for this team in the next year? Next five years?
- what is your favorite /least favorite thing about working here? (This one can also be a good indicator of how candid the interviewer is being with me and if they are still in their honeymoon period).
- what's your leadership style? (For hiring managers)

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Dang these are FANTASTIC questions, I'm definitely keeping these for next time!

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What attributes does an employee need to have in order to be successful at this company?

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Great question!

Is there anything we discussed or on my resume that gives you pause or concern with moving forward with me?

I always ask this last as it gives you a good chance to clear up any hesitations they may have on you.

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Ok I was curious about this. Do they actually give you honest feedback when you ask that?

What challenges would someone coming into this roll face?

What is the 3/6/9/12 month plan for this role?

How does the team react to failures or mistakes?

If someone is struggling, what’s your (or the team’s) approach?

How do you measure success?

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I really like the failures/mistakes question, I'm going to use that

What do you like about working for this company? Anything you dislike?

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Tell me about your best day at work, and your worst day. It gives you an idea of what to expect tbh

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Never heard this one, I like it

These are all such great questions. Totally stealing some of these!!!

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Same!

"How often do you work more than 50 hour weeks?"

This helps me gauge WLB

When the hiring manager has been there for a long time I like to ask:
“How has the company/this department changed in the time that you have been apart of it?”

Then follow up with:
“What is this department’s role in the future of the company?”

1. What's been your most enjoyable project so far
2. Any trend on the horizon that you think will have significant impact on the nature or form of this job in a couple of years
3. What do you see as the direction and timeline for growth in this role

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