The questions you need to ask during your next interview

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George C. Mazzella
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7/29/2021

What to say when your interviewer asks you "Do you have any questions?"

During an interview, you have the opportunity to ask questions that give you a view of the organization’s inner workings. If you’ve been interviewed before, there’s a good chance you’ve been asked “Do you have any questions for me?”, and after answering everything else perfectly, the last thing you want is to trip at the finish. So, to help you prepare for this, our team has compiled a list of the best questions to ask the interviewer.


The best questions to ask an employer during your next interview

It’s important to remember that asking the questions is only part of this. Once you ask these questions, you need to make sure you are listening to the answers and be prepared with follow-up questions to keep the dialogue flowing. Should you feel that time is running out, don’t be afraid to take control of the conversation and pause to ask a different question. Remember, you have one chance to make a good impression!

Here are the top questions our experts have compiled:


What qualities have successful hires displayed in the past?

Tip: Phrasing it this way will ensure you get a broader answer that will share insight on the company's culture and how they recognize their people.


What do you need this person to accomplish in their first 12 months?

Tip: Listen carefully here, this will be a great opportunity to learn about what you will be judged on if you take the job.


Is this a new position? If not, where is the previous incumbent now?

Tip: If the job is new, it is often a sign that the company is growing, which could provide you with advancement opportunities; however, it’s important to highlight that new roles come with their own unique challenges. If you will be replacing someone , be sure to find out why they left and where there was room for improvement.


What is the average tenure of your executive team?

Tip: Turnover in moderation can be a great thing for a company; however, if the entire leadership team has been reshuffled, it may be a sign of uncertain times ahead. Is their executive team one you want to follow? Make sure before you say yes.


Who do you consider your top competitor, how are you better positioned?

Tip: Use this to test their knowledge of the space and hear their pitch on why they are the better option for your career. Additionally, should this not work out, you now have a list of other companies to try your luck with.


What are the next steps in the interview process?

Tip: This will tell you a lot about how quickly the organization moves and how badly they need to make this hire.


And finally...


Do you have any reservations about my candidacy that I can address now?

Tip: Be bold and finish with this winning question! We know it may feel awkward asking it, but we can’t tell you how many job opportunities were saved by asking this simple question.

Now that these questions have been added to your interview arsenal, you’re ready to blow past the competition and secure your next career defining role. Looking for your opportunity to reach the C-Suite or find that next career-defining role?

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George Mazzella Headshot
George C. Mazzella
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, The Suite

George is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Suite. He founded The Suite in order to fundamentally change the way executives manage their careers.  Prior to founding The Suite in 2019, George spent several years in the executive recruiting space where he was fortunate enough to advise some of the world's leading VC & PE backed businesses on talent.

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