While many employees are enjoying spending theirA�PTO on vacationA�in a remote country or hitting the beach, many Americans are on the job hunt. No matter the time of year, recruiters are scouring the webA�looking for top talentA�and it is a perfect use of your Summer Fridays toA�apply to a new gig.
Once youa��ve found roles youa��re interested in and applied, ita��s time to gear up for the interviews.A�Review the possible questionsA�that recruiters and hiring managers will ask, but also prepare a list of questions to ask of them. Ita��s important to spend time figuring out if a company is a right fit for you.
Herea��s your interview cheat sheet:
Exploring the Role
Get beyond the basic job description and ask questions thatA�probe deeper into the details of the job, expectations, success metrics and the infrastructure that would support the role.
1. How does this position contribute to the organizationa��s success?
2. What do you hope I will accomplish in this position?
3. What is the team structure?
4. Can I speak to others on the team or shadow a team member before I proceed?
5. What support would this position have?
Digging Into Company Culture
As much as an interview is about assessing your ability to be a culture fit, it is also about gathering as much information andA�insight into the company culture. You need to understand whether the company is a fit for your values, passions and interests.
6. What was the departmenta��s biggest challenge last year and what did you learn from it?
7. How much time do the owners/leaders/founders spend in the office?
8. What do people on the team that Ia��d be joining do for lunch every day?
9. What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?
10. Does the company give back to the community? In what ways?
11. What continuing learning opportunities do you have for your employees?
During an interview is the perfect time to ask informed andA�important questions about compensation. No, ita��s not presumptive or rude; in fact, ita��s anA�important factorA�in your decision-making process.
12. What is the salary range for this role?
13. Besides the base pay, what other benefits are negotiable?
14. Whata��s the outlook for salary raises or promotions?
15. What metrics do you use to evaluate the success of your employees?
16. Can I get the salary offer in writing?
17. If I dona��t choose stock options, would there be an opportunity for higher wage compensation or other benefits?
18. What percentage of the companya��s stock do these options make up?
19. What happens to my stock options if the company is acquired?
Health Insurance Essentials
These days, healthcare is a hot topic of conversation. And while no one can predict what will happen on a federal government level, ita��s vital to get specifics on theA�health insurance package offeredA�by your potential employer. This is especially important if you have health challenges, family dependents or are planning to start a family.
20. Does the company offer a HMO or PPO or both?
21. What is the waiting period before the plan kicks in?
22. Do you have a summary of health insurance plans youa��re offering?
23. Is there a monthly premium? What about deductibles?
Drill down on the everydayA�tasks and expectationsA�for the job youa��re applying to.A�These questionsA�are perfect to ask your potential manager or another leader on the team.
24. Tell me about the typical day-to-day of this position.
25. What are the teama��s work hours? Are there any specific requirements for time in the office?
26. Do employees control the structure of their goals and tasks?
27. How does management deliver feedback to employees?
From learning labs to formal mentorship programs, get a sense of what the company offers in the wayA�professional growthA�and development opportunities. After all, if you proceed with this company, you want to know that you have a future there andA�opportunities to be challenged.
28. Do you have a formal mentorship program or are there mentors available?
29. How have you had the ability to grow in your role?
30. What does a�?climbing the laddera�? look like at this company? Is there a clear path of ascension?
Remember to stay positive throughout the job search and ask as many questions as are necessary for you to get to find a job you love.