The best questions to ask in an interview

Career, Design Blog, Workplace

There are three elements to a good interview: how well you answer their questions, your personality fit, and your interest in the position. The latter is what intrigues most interviewers, because so often ends up being the shortest part of the interview. Part of the blame is not knowing what to ask and is often over looked when interviewees are so focused getting through the door and not properly preparing for the last part of the interview. In addition, not asking the right questions gives you a foggy impression of what to expect for the position and could turn out not being what you expected. Use these questions to probe for more information and impress the interviewer.

ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY

  • How many people are in the company?
  • Are there other locations?
  • Who founded the company?
  • What’s the company’s backstory?
  • What’s the company work culture like?

GET A FEEL FOR THE TEAM

  • How many people are on the team and what do they do?
  • Do the designers interact with the developers closely?
  • Does the team hangout outside of work?
  • Who’s been on the team the longest?
  • Who’s the newest on the team?

WHAT THE POSITION ENTAILS

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • Are there a lot of meetings?
  • Does the team fallow agile or another project management format?
  • Who will you be interacting with outside of the team?
  • Will you be interacting with the clients?
  • What types of clients does the company work with?

HOW WILL YOU WORK

  • What type of operating system will you be using?
  • Will you be provided with a desktop computer or laptop?
  • Can you work from home or work on a separate computer?
  • Do they use Adobe products?

Projects

  • What types of projects would you receive?
  • How long does a typical project take?
  • Would you be taking on multiple projects at once?
  • Will you be working with other team members on projects?
  • How will you be managing your project hours?
  • Would you be working under an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with the company?

Web related

  • Do the designers interact with the developers closely?
  • How does the company handle usability?
  • Is there a usability specialist?
  • Are they compliant with web accessibility?
  • How long does development usually take?
  • If you are a designer, how much code experience should you have?

The hard questions

  • These questions are worded specifically to not draw so much assumption on your part.
  • Does the company offer any perks to its employees?
  • What is the range of pay? (instead of asking for a fixed amount)
  • If chosen for the position, how soon would you hear back from them?
  • When do team members qualify for raises? (instead of asking when you would get a raise)