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Marketing jobs are only getting more competitive and standing out is becoming harder than ever. You’ve got the resume and the interview, but what is one simple way to stand out from your competition: ask the right questions. 

While it can be intimidating to flip the script and ask the interviewer questions, it’s important because finding a job is a two-way street. In order to have success, you need to ensure that you’ll gel with the team, be challenged and fit in culturally. 

Now’s your chance to learn about the people you’d be working with, management style and your role (the job description may not have outlined everything!) Just as you would answer interview questions, stay positive in your questions to the hiring manager.

Ask 3-5 questions, depending on time and tailor them based on the research and information on the role available.

  1. What type of person succeeds here?
  2. What are the current goals of the company and how does this position fit in?
  3. If I were offered the position, what could I do to be considered a stellar performer and to exceed your expectations?
  4. How would you measure success for this role?
  5. If I started tomorrow, what would my top two priorities be?
  6. What is the biggest challenge someone will face in this job in the first six months?
  7. What are the top three qualities you are looking for in the person you hire to join this company?
  8. What would a typical day look like for this role?
  9. What sort of management style would you say you have?
  10. What’s your preferred style off communicating with staff?

Notice that this list DOESN’T INCLUDE any questions about pay, benefits, background checks or promotions. Focus on this role and exuding a positive attitude on what you can bring to this role, not what you’d get out of working for the company.

It is important to listen when the interviewer is speaking. You want to avoid asking one of these questions if it has already been addressed in the interview!

For more information or resources, check out our website or LinkedIN Page. And as always, use a recruiter when necessary! Good luck!