It’s the question you’re likely to be asked at the end of every job interview: “What questions do you have for me?”
As someone who’s interviewed probably thousands of job candidates in my career, I’m always taken aback by how many people don’t have questions about the job at all. After all, you’re considering spending 40-plus hours a week at this company … surely there’s something you’d like to know?
The problem, I suspect, is that people worry that the invitation to ask their own questions is really just another way for interviewers to judge them. They’re worried they’ll ask something that seems overly demanding or out-of-touch, or they wonder if they’re supposed to pick questions that will somehow burnish their image as the most highly qualified candidate. Or, especially common, they have no idea how to tactfully ask the things they most want to know … like “What are you really like as a boss?” and “Is everyone here miserable?”
So what should you ask when it’s your turn to question your interviewer? At New York Magazine today, I suggest 10 questions that will get you useful insights into whether the job is right for you.