I’ve been in so many interviews and conducted so many where I’ve walked away shaking my head that I wanted to share an important point – ASK QUESTIONS! If you are an interviewer – be able to ask good questions and leave plenty of time to let the interviewee ask questions. And then ANSWER them! If you’re an interviewee – you have to ask good questions to help convey you want the job.
A few good questions to always keep in mind that I’ve particularly liked:
Questions to HR:
What benefits do you have? Really the heart of this question is to understand what your compensation package is and how to value it. Ask details here.
- Do you have a 401k?
- Do you get an employee match?
- How much is it?
- Who manages the 401k?
- What benefits does a spouse or child get (medical / dental / vision)?
- What about short-term and long-term disability?
- Life insurance policy?
- Relocation assistance (if applicable)?
Part of your compensation will likely be equity in the company.
- How many stock options would I get?
- How should I evaluate them?
- What is the current strike price?
- When was the last round of investment?
- How much money is left in the bank?
- How many outstanding shares are there?
- Is there a profit sharing plan?
- What does that look like?
Questions to your Manager:
What kind of manager are you? When I’m either interviewing my to-be manager or looking for a new job, I want to know who I am working for. No, I’m not trying to understand my employer. This is about establishing rapport with my direct supervisor.
- Is s/he a micro-manager?
- Does s/he delegate all the work or do they partner with their team to enable them for success?
- How will they facilitate your growth, professionally and personally, in the company?
- How will they help you get visibility across the organization?