So many overlook this golden opportunity as they
just want things to end. Here is your chance to
"grill" them with questions that not only can reveal
information about the company but also the hiring
manager and where you need to quickly defuse
concerns they may express from your pointed
but a very professional final question. Take the shot! Show your strength!
5. "What is your management style?"
A manager that cannot explain their style is a reason for some concern. Does
this manager give authority to his team members to achieve their objectives as
they see appropriate or is there a formal structure all activities must follow.
Some structure is normal, especially for new hires. Listen for words about
coaching team members when things are not going well. Listen for words
about an "Open Door" where team members can discuss anything at any time.
Listen for words about periodic feedback on your performance so that problem
areas can be corrected before reviews are formalized. Listen for indications a
crack team is wanted and they will help get them there if they put in the effort.
6. "What reservations, if any, do you have regarding me and my abilities?"
This demonstrates a true interest in the position and that you are interested in
improving yourself and your abilities. This is a direct question most will not
dare to raise yet it gives cause to the employer to do some thinking. Having
the courage to ask is a positive thing.
Companies have many "bench warmers" who rely on others to be successful.
You are giving a clear signal you want to be a contributor to the team and
success of the organization. And that should excite any hiring manager.