/ Asked by Tommy
What’s the best/most impressive question you received from an interviewee during an initial interview?
Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Monday, May 14, 2018
When I was a recruiter, I received a wide variety of questions. Below are the top 4: 

  1. What is the one accomplishment you’d like to see from me in the first 90 days? Most interviewees ask questions like, “What is an average day like?” Instead, ask questions that will reveal what the company is looking for in a top-notch employee. By asking this question, you show that you care about the needs of the company and that you are willing to put some thought into the day-to-day tasks of the job. It also shows that you are vision-oriented. Show you're a go-getter by having an answer prepared as to how you will tackle your first 30-60-90 days in the position.
  2. When you hire someone for this position, what will be the most pressing challenge they’ll face on the first day? This question gets into the nitty-gritty of what your job will be like in the first week. It goes beyond the typical human resources challenges and into the particulars of the job itself. Make sure your interviewer understands that you really care about the details of the job and not the onboarding process.
  3. What are your expectations for this position 6 months from now? 2 years? You'll want to know what the hiring manager's expectations are for your position, both in the short term and the long term. If the plan is to discontinue the position down the road, then you should know the job is a temporary position for you. You'll also want to know if advancement is possible. Otherwise, you'll be interviewing again in a few weeks or a couple of years. Wouldn't you like to know that before you take the job?
  4. What kind of career coaching do you provide for employees? Present this question in terms of how it will benefit the company. To succeed in today’s workforce, you need to continue learning and growing your skills. Successful companies recognize that they also play a part in building successful careers, which benefits them in the long run. Start a career conversation with your potential boss in the job interview by letting them know that you understand your success translates into their success.
Job interviews are an opportunity for you to interview your potential manager as much as it is an opportunity for them to interview you. Take advantage of that opportunity and be prepared to ask questions about the job. 

Best of luck in your interviews! 
Bri
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
It's difficult to pick a specific question. However, the most impressive questions I have received are the ones that I can tell the candidate put a lot of thought in to. As a recruiter, I often receive very generic questions. This is okay because I'd rather a candidate have at least 2-3 questions instead of zero. But I appreciate questions that tie back to the conversation we had to show the candidate was really listening to what I said. I also appreciate questions that show a genuine interest in the company and show their long-term commitment. Such as asking about my career path so they can gain an understanding of the career projection and long-term growth for an employee.
When asking questions during an interview, it is also important to understand who you are talking to. I have received questions from candidates that I am unable to answer as a recruiter because they are very specific to the job or to other information I do not have access to in my role. It's okay to ask a question that someone cannot answer but don't continue to ask similar questions if the interviewer tells you they are unable to answer.
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