There are dozens of highly impressive and clever questions that you can — and should — ask the hiring manager throughout your job interview. Remember: Itis a two-way street, after all.
But some should be asked at the beginning, others should be held till the end … and a few should come somewhere in between.
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” says that timing can be everything when it comes to asking the hiring manager questions.
“By starting with lighter topics that encourage the interviewer to further describe their objectives, for example, you help create a positive flow. In contrast, if you start off with more specific questions and they seem out of left field, it may suggest that you’re being too intrusive, aggressive, or too focused on a particular tangent.”
Taylor says that job candidates should always ask the following four questions — but only once you have a comfortable flow of conversation established.
“Depending on how friendly and receptive your interviewer is, however, that may only take five to 10 minutes,” she says.
Here are the four brilliant questions to ask once you’re comfortable with the hiring manager: