Essential Questions to Ask a Hiring Manager

Howard Braithwaite is Executive Recruiter at CyberCoders ( In this video he discusses essential questions to ask a hiring manager.

  1. Find out why the position is available
  2. Question what your roles & responsibilities will ultimately entail
  3. Determine their expectations within the first 30, 60, 90 days
  4. Assess their "hot buttons"

Just haven’t spoken to several hundred candidates before. Some people can be a little bit nervous or unprepared for interviews.

Some of the questions that I really recommend people asking include, why the position’s open? That might include you know, is it a replacement for somebody right now? Is it a brand new position that’s been created? May be it’s a new group or a new project that the company’s undertaking. That type of information’s very valuable and help you get an understanding of what the company and the higher managers are looking for.

Another good question to ask would be what are the main roles and responsibilities of this position. Sounds very simple but it also really qualifies and helps you understand if you’re interviewing for the right position and it’s gonna be in line with your interest and experience.

And then thirdly, I think you know really good idea to understand what their expectations are. Are you gonna be able to exceed? The only way you can really answer that question is to understand what their looking for you to accomplish in the first 30 days, 60 days, 90 days.

You know finally as well I’d just like to add that it’s really good idea to understand what their hot buttons are. That might include you know what are they really for looking for somebody to achieve and may be what are some of the problems that they have right now that you could really help them solve.

Those types of questions will normally give you a good impression but also help you understand more about the position as well.