1. What do you like the most about working here?
This can be a risky question as some of the interviewers may actually not like their job. But you will be able to get that information. It’s your chance to turn the tables and evaluate how they describe their experience in the company. Are their eyes shining? Are they smiling? Are they being defensive and too polite? This can provide you valuable information about the company’s culture.
2. What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?
By asking this you will be stating how eager to succeed you are. You will be showing how much you want to make the best out of that role. You’ll also have an idea of what the company’s needs are right now and what might have led the last person to lose or leave the job.
3. If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?
The answer to this question can give you more details about what is that you are going to do and also the importance of your work and this position for the company itself.
4. How is your organization structure?
With this question you will be able to see which different areas you would have to work with. It will certainly give the impression that you are interested about the company as a whole and not just focused on your work. Companies usually value this because there are typically a lot of synergies between functional areas. By asking this question you will be showing openness and flexibility. You can also obtain information about who would you be reporting to.
5. How would you describe the work culture here?
Culture is everything. So by asking them to describe their company’s culture they will give you a perspective on how employees get along and work/cooperate with each other. You can also ask how their ideal employee is because usually it matches the culture of the company or at least their expectations.
Don’t be afraid to ask. Show them you are interested in knowing more but that you are also picky about choosing the best job that fits your goal.